Turkey poised to turn off Japan’s reactor construction bid


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TOKYO (majirox news) — Japan will lose priority negotiation rights to build nuclear reactors in Turkey at the end of this month unless it gives an indication it wants to go ahead, according to the Yomiuri newspaper.

Japan’s policies regarding export of nuclear technology are in limbo at the moment following Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s announcement earlier this month that he wants the country to move away from using nuclear power generation.

Japan had been in the prime position to secure rights to build a reactor in the Turkish Black Sea city of Sinop, but the Turkish government is poised to throw open bids once again due to Japan’s wavering stance brought about by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis.

Toshiba Corp. had been bidding to secure the tender to build the Sinop reactor by about 2020.

In December last year, Turkey ended talks with Korea about constructing the reactor and awarded Japan the prime negotiation rights due to its experience in dealing with earthquakes, which also strike Turkey with frequency.

Turkey had been expecting the Japanese government to provide it with nuclear technology transfer, training and assistance in establishing a legal foundation to operate nuclear power plants, the national daily said.


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One Response to Turkey poised to turn off Japan’s reactor construction bid

  1. Tomo on 07/26/2011 at 10:32 pm

    Everything is so amazing, Japan was pitched to sell its nuku technology to other nations and at the, same time where over 70% of its citizens are supporting Prime Minister”s Kan’s anti-nuke stance but his cabinet is only supported by 17% citizens .It seems to me that Japan is playing like a cheap Shakespeare play and the audience is the world.

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