French President Hollande on Japan visit expected to firm up ties on nuclear cooperation

French President Francois Hollande is due in Japan for a visit expected to focus on closer cooperation in nuclear energy technologies and on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's strategies for tackling economic malaise.

Hollande arrives Thursday and will hold summit talks with Abe that local media say may yield an agreement on cooperating in nuclear fuel cycle technology, next-generation reactors and decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

Japan is struggling with the cleanup from meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters, and with the suspension of its Monju fast-breeder reactor, meant to process spent atomic fuel.

Hollande also will get a first-hand look on how Abe is fighting Japan's two-decade-old economic slump through his "Abenomics" policy mix of monetary and fiscal stimulus and reforms.