Japan, France agree to cooperate on climate change, nuclear energy

Japan and France agreed Friday to cooperate on climate change and promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. "We agreed to work closely on global issues such as climate change and African development," Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said after talks with visiting French Prime Minister Francois Fillon. "Japan will strengthen cooperation on nuclear power with France," he said during a joint news conference. The two leaders "share the view that nuclear energy will play a significant role for the prosperity and sustainable development in the 21st century," said a joint declaration on the peaceful use of nuclear energy announced Friday.