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Abe's nuclear export push faces risks in India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, back left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, back right, at the signing of the nuclear cooperation agreement Nov. 11.

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed a historic nuclear cooperation agreement Friday with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in hopes of backing civilian efforts to export nuclear technology, but concerns remain that the South Asian country could use Japan's know-how to develop weapons instead.

The Abe government considers the export of high-quality infrastructure a pillar of its growth strategy. Japan received about 19 trillion yen ($178 billion) worth of infrastructure orders in 2014, up 3 trillion yen from the year before. The country has negotiated with Thailand and the U.S. for the adoption of Japanese shinkansen-style bullet trains. Trading houses Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsui & Co. are involved with urban development in Myanmar.

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