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.