In early 2010, very few people know that Japan offered to enrich uranium for Iran which met the approval of the U.S.. Japan apparently offered to enrich uranium for Iran to allow Iran access to nuclear power while allaying international fears at the time Iran might have been seeking a nuclear weapon. For the last couple of years, I have been trying to confirm absolutely that Japan had intended on supplying Iran with uranium with many blogs reporting on this at the time. At the time, it was discussed between Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani, and Japan’s Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. And now that economic sanctions have been lifted against Iran, Japan has made initiatives to “boost relations with Iran” which is nothing surprising and quite expected. Japan has been quietly waiting in the background conducting negotiations with Iran while the U.S. (U.S. Treasury Department) through the UN were leading economic sanctions against Iran.
Yoshihide Suga puts forward the idea the Japanese government “intends to support companies cooperating with Iran”, is a bit of “tongue-in-cheek”, since it is nearly impossible to separate the Japanese government from Japan’s corporations. In fact, negotiations are under way to reduce corporate tax in Japan to below 30 percent to compete with other international corporations. If this goes through where will the tax revenue be taken from? This in light of more and more of Japan’s continued manufacturing being transferred to countries like China doesn’t look too promising for employment in Japan. Is it any wonder that lottery ticket sales are skyrocketing? Japan’s corporations are run just as corrupt as corporations in any other country, so don’t expect any favorable changes to corporate governance anytime too soon. It was always Japan’s intent to work with Iran by providing expertise – despite Fukushima – on nuclear energy. It doesn’t have to be mentioned either I don’t think, but Japan’s biggest interest in boosting ties with Iran is for oil to meet Japan’s energy needs. And now that Iran announced a few days ago that their country would be selling oil on international markets, Japan is anxious to get its share of cheap oil.
Japan Wants to Boost Relations With Iran in Line With UN Sanctions Lifting
January 18, 2016
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the Japanese government intends to support companies cooperating with Iran, including via the conclusion of the bilateral investment agreement.
TOKYO (Sputnik) — Japan seeks to develop cooperation with Iran in line with the removal of economic sanctions introduced by the UN Security Council, the country’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday.
“Measures will be taken quickly on the basis of UN Security Council decisions, the relevant departments are working on the issue,” he told reporters.
Suga added that the Japanese government intends to support companies cooperating with Iran, including via the conclusion of the bilateral investment agreement.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida.
The European Union, the United States and the United Nations lifted their sanctions against the Islamic Republic after the International Atomic Energy Agency verified late on Saturday Tehran’s compliance with a nuclear agreement.
Iran and six world powers — the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany — signed a nuclear deal last July. It guaranteed the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.