Japan has asked Turkey to continue with talks on a nuclear power plant deal in Turkey, while confirming with the USA plans to strengthen technical co-operation on nuclear power between the two countries.

The move came during talks between Japan’s Industry and Trade Minister Yukio Edano and his counterparts from Turkey and the USA on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The latest overtures signal Tokyo’s willingness to pursue the export of nuclear power technology.

Since last December, the Turkish government has given two Japanese companies, Toshiba and Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), priority rights to negotiate a deal to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey.

But following the incident at its Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power signalled in July its intention to withdraw from the talks. The focus is now on whether or not Turkey will decide to continue with the talks.

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