Japan, Turkey agree on civil nuclear cooperation

Japan and Turkey reached a civil nuclear cooperation agreement Friday that will enable Japanese companies to export atomic power generation technology to the fast-growing nation.

The agreement was reached during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's trip to Turkey, the last leg of a weeklong trip that also took him to Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

On Thursday, Japan signed a nuclear cooperation pact with the United Arab Emirates, the first such accord signed by Tokyo since the Fukushima nuclear crisis triggered by the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

In Saudi Arabia, Abe agreed with Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to commence working-level talks aimed at starting negotiations on a bilateral nuclear accord.

The Japanese leader is eager to promote exports of Japanese nuclear power technology despite the Fukushima nuclear disaster as a way to boost the country's economic growth.