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International Appeal Against India-Japan Nuclear Agreement

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We strongly protest the proposed India-Japan nuclear agreement, which is reportedly going to be signed during your upcoming visit to New Delhi on December 11-13. This nuclear agreement does not only represent an unacceptable zeal to promote nuclear lobbies on the part of Mr. Abe, despite the deepening crisis in Fukushima, but also gives a new lease of life to the nuclear industry facing a terminal crisis in the post-Fukushima world.

Even as renewable and sustainable energy sources are becoming more efficient and cheaper year after year, the global nuclear industry is using countries like India to compensate for their losses. India has become a playground for multinational vendors like Areva, GE, Westinghouse, Atomsroyexport, Hitachi, Toshiba and Mitsubishi despite the non-violent and long-standing protests launched by communities near proposed nuclear reactors as a result of the serious threats to their lives and livelihoods. By attempting to sell nuclear reactors to India, Japan will be undermining the democratic right of people to shape their immediate environment and a future for themselves and their descendants.

The deal also has dangerous implications for global nuclear disarmament. It effectively legitimises India's nuclear weapons and shreds the international norms disallowing nuclear commerce to countries that do not follow global non-proliferation expectations. This is particularly egregious in the 70th anniversary of the wholesale destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Rather that pursuing such measures, nuclear weapons states must proceed with unilateral and multilateral disarmament measures urgently, rather expanding the nuclear weapons club in exchange for India's geopolitical alignments and its expanding nuclear market. The Hibakushas of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have opposed this further weakening of an already weak NPT regime. It is disappointing to see that Japan is diluting its long-standing commitment to nuclear disarmament.

We strongly demand that Japan must not proceed with negotiations for sales of nuclear technology to India and also must refrain from nuclear export to other countries. The India-Japan nuclear agreement must be terminated for their dangerous international implications and for unleashing an anti-people and eco-destructive nuclear expansion in India.

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