Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday leaves for a three-day visit to Turkey in a bid to push Japan’s export of nuclear plant technology.
Abe last visited Turkey in May during which time he and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a $22 billion contract to build a nuclear power plant on Turkey’s Black Sea coast.
A Japanese-French consortium won the lucrative deal to build Turkey’s second nuclear plant, notching up Japan’s first successful bid on an overseas nuclear project since a tsunami wrecked the power station in Fukushima, the world’s worst nuclear accident in a generation. The consortium includes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and power company Itochu and French energy company GDF-Suez.
Turkey weathered criticism for teaming up with Japan in light of the catastrophe. Turkey, which relies heavily on gas and oil imports from Russia and Iran, wants to build a total of three nuclear power plants to reduce its dependence on foreign supplies.
In 2010, Ankara struck a deal with Russia to build the country’s first power plant at Akkuyu, in southern Turkey.
Abe has said that Japan will share its experience and the lessons it has learned from Fukushima and will contribute to the improvement of nuclear security at the highest level.
This year, Japan has also signed a nuclear cooperation deal with the United Arab Emirates.
During this week’s trip, Abe and Erdogan are likely to discuss Turkey’s third nuclear power plant project, as well as a free trade agreement between Japan and Turkey.