Amid some controversy, Japan's parliament has approved a plan to allow civil nuclear technology exports to Turkey and UAE.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries signed a deal with the Turkish government and AREVA of France to supply the Atmea1 reactor to Sinop, on the Black Sea, the second plant planned for the country after the Akkuyu plant currently planned to be supplied by Rosatom of Russia.
The UAE has contracted for construction of a Korean design, the APR1400, but Westinghouse, which is owned by Toshiba of Japan, has won a major contract to supply instrumentation and control systems.
The Japanese export licence prevents military application of the nuclear technology export.
The Democratic Party of Japan opposed the measure, as did some politicians from other political parties.
Takuya Hattori, president of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, in prepared remarks at the organization's annual conference, said that the county takes its non-proliferation responsibilities seriously.
He added that given that no additional nuclear plants are expected to be built in Japan for some time, international activities are important to enable Japan to successfully maintain/improve its nuclear technology and ensure/develop its nuclear human resources, in order to maintain the safety of its existing reactors and to steadily carry out decommissioning.
Photo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries signed a deal with the Turkish government and AREVA of France to supply the Atmea1 reactor (Credit: AREVA)