Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director General for Press and Public Diplomacy of Japan Koichi Mizushima who accompanied his country’s Foreign Minister to Iran in his recent trip, speaking to reporters on sunday said that Japan is willing to help Iran build new nuclear power plants.
"As soon as Iran’s nuclear case is solved and concerns are met and in case Iranian officials would like us to, we are ready to cooperate with Iran in building nuclear power plants,” said Mizushima.
The Japanese official also stated that the Japanese foreign minister held "very good and constructive” talks with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on Saturday, Press TV reports.
He maintained that Iran and Japan enjoy powerful, traditional relations and that Tokyo thinks highly of Iran as a key country in its own neighborhood.
Mizushima also pointed to Iran-Japan talks on ways to cope with the receding Urmia Lake and said "Japan is ready to cooperate in meeting this environmental problem. It is arranged for the first step for a group of Japanese experts to visit Iran in order to study the situation.”
He added, though, that the program is in preliminary stages and that Japan has for yet no specific plan or schedule for starting the operations.
He also expressed satisfaction with meetings between the Japanese Foreign Minister and Iranian officials as highly constructive and said "This afternoon the Foreign Minister will discuss mutual regional and international issues, including Iran’s nuclear case, with his Iranian counterpart.”