While the local industry is still floundering after the 2011 Fukushima meltdown, Japanese nuclear power is now on its way to Middle East. Nuclear power plant materials and technologies needed to construct a power plant are heading to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates soon after nuclear power agreement bills are passed on a parliament session. Turkey has sought Japan’s nuclear technology during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the country last May to help meet the increasing demand of electricity in their country.
While at a lower house plenary session, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, along with its junior coalition partner New Komeito and the opposition Democratic Party of Japan all voted for the bills, which do not require upper house approval anymore as the lower house holds precedence on approving treaties. A nuclear cooperation pact is required before the transfer of knowledge and equipment to avoid illegal distribution and spreading to third parties, who might use it beyond civilian use.
The Diet approval of the nuclear agreements is the first for Abe’s administration since he came to power in 2012. Japanese firms are expected to receive more foreign businesses as an effect of the agreement. Abe’s government is already negotiating nuclear cooperation pacts with South Africa, Saudi Arabia, India and Brazil, in hopes of making nuclear exports a key growth driver in the country’s economy. Similar pacts have been signed with the United States, United Kingdom, China, Russia and South Korea in the past.
[via Nikkei Asian Review]