Japan and the United Arab Emirates on Monday signed an agreement to cooperate in civilian nuclear energy, the industry ministry said.
Under the deal, Japan will provide a range of assistance to the UAE, which is aiming to operate its first nuclear power plant in 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.
To lay the groundwork for the construction, Japan, which currently has 55 nuclear power plants, will likely first cooperate with the UAE in the areas of human resources development and safety measures, officials at the ministry said.
Harufumi Mochizuki, vice minister of economy, trade and industry, said the agreement is "a perfect example of a new type of cooperation between oil-producing countries and Japan. It is very meaningful."
Japan also has similar nuclear cooperation agreements with Vietnam and Indonesia, according to the ministry.