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Japan has decided to shut down all of its nuclear power plants .in the wake of the Fukushima disaster . . . . but will this now leave the country without power???  RT reports ‘Japan is set to turn off its last working reactor this weekend [, 5-6 May 2012], leaving one of the world’s largest industrial nations without a source of nuclear energy for the first time in almost 50 years. The government has bowed to public pressure following last year’s disaster at the Fukushima power plant after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. For more on the impact of the shut-down, RT talks to James Corbett, editor of The Corbett Report’.

But, as I pointed out in December 2012, Turkey was intending to have Russia and Japan build two nuclear power plants in Anatolia, each plant in close to a Fault Line where earthquakes are common occurrences.[1]  Negotiations between Turkey and Japan stopped following the Fukushima disaster, but Turkey Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yıldız is not one to give up easily . . . Last month, the Xinhua news agency reports that Yıldız ‘said . . . [that further] talks will be held with countries such as Japan, South Korea and China, and the [Turkish Energy and Natural Resources] ministry’s officials would visit China . . . to discuss details. The minister added that the nuclear power plant would be built in line with standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Union. Turkey plans to build two nuclear power plants in the next decade. In May 2010, Turkey and Russia signed a deal for the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, a small town on the Mediterranean coast. The project is expected to cost about 20 billion U.S. dollars. Russian state-owned atomic power company ROSATOM is likely to start building the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in 2013 and the first reactor is planned to generate electricity in 2018. Turkey started talks with Japan last year to build its second nuclear power plant in the Black Sea coastal province of Sinop in the north. However, the talks were interrupted after the massive earthquake that hit Japan in March last year’.[2]

[1] Cfr. “Bad News Travels Far: Turkey and Japan to build Nuclear Power Plant”A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (26 December 2010). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/bad-news-travels-far-turkey-and-japan-to-build-nuclear-power-plant/.

[2] “Turkey to hold int’l talks on building nuclear power plant” Xinhua (13 April 2012). http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-04/13/c_131525825.htm.


Comments on: "Japan: No More Nuclear???" (1)

  1. A. Troupros said:

    Thanks for that awesome posting. 🙂

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