Feb 12 2013
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Japan to assist Saudi Arabia in its nuclear endeavors
According to The Asahi Shimbun, the deal was reached after Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met with Waleed Hussain Abulfaraj, vice president of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy in Riyadh.
The paper quoted Abulfaraj as saying that the government has laid out plans to have a fifth of its total domestic power supply come from nuclear plants by 2030, and asked for Japan's cooperation.
Saudi Arabia reportedly plans to build about 16 reactors.
Motegi was also cited as saying that his government is willing to provide assistance including the acceptance of trainees from Saudi Arabia to nurture officials who will be responsible for operating reactors and developing related laws and regulations.
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