Canadian External Affairs Minister Don Jamieson has opened a six-day official visit to Japan by meeting Japanese ministers for two days of talks (24/25 January).
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GV Canadian and Japanese delegations seated around table.
SV AND CU PAN Japanese Foreign Minster Sunao Sonoda shaking hands with Mr. Don Jamieson. (2 shots)
SCU Mr. Jamieson chatting to Mr. Sonoda
SCU Mr. Sonoda talking
GV Canadian delegation
SV Japanese delegation
GV GENERAL VIEW Of Conference room.
Canada supplies about 70 percent of uranium ore enriched as fuel for Japan's nuclear power plants. Canada has already agreed a safeguard clause with the European Economic Community. During his visit to Japan, Mr. Jamieson was also to meet Prime Minster Takeo Fukuda, International Trade and Industry Minster Toshio Komoto, Agriculture Minister Ichiro Nakagawa and the Director-General of the Economic Planning Agency, Mr. Kilchi Miyazawa.
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Background: Canadian External Affairs Minister Don Jamieson has opened a six-day official visit to Japan by meeting Japanese ministers for two days of talks (24/25 January). A new agreement for Canada to supply natural uranium to Japan was discussed, together with a fishing treaty. After this visit, Mr. Jamieson was to travel to China to meet the Chinese leaders under Chairman Hua Kuo-feng.
SYNOPSIS: At the talks in the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, the main topic concerned greater safeguards on uranium supplies.
Meeting with Mr. Jamieson and his delegation was Japanese Foreign Minister Sunao Sonoda. Canada is Japan's main supplier of uranium. It suspended shipments a year ago to seek improved guarantees on how the ore would be used.
Canada wanted to revise a 1959 agreement, following India's explosion three years ago of a nuclear device helped by Canadian technology. Japanese Ministers agreed to a revision allowing Canada to supervise transfer of information on nuclear technology. The agreements ends 14 months of negotiations.
The talks were also expected to aim at agreeing to a fishing treaty fixing quotas and conditions for Japanese fisherman operating inside the 200-mile zone Canada proclaimed last year.