Turkish PM to visit Japan in early January for more talks with Abe

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Japan between Jan. 6 and 8 for his third round of talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, a Japanese government source said Thursday.

The two leaders are expected to discuss a project to jointly establish a science and technology college in Turkey and the possible joint development of engines for use in military tanks.

Abe visited Turkey in May and October this year, partly to promote nuclear power infrastructure exports from Japan. During his visit in October, a joint venture including Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. agreed with the Turkish government on a project to build a nuclear power plant in Sinop.

Japan's civil nuclear accord with Turkey, aimed at enabling Japan to export nuclear power infrastructure to the country, failed to clear the Diet during the latest session that ended Sunday. It is now likely to be approved during the ordinary session from early next year.