Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in Turkey. On October 29, 2013, according to Jiji Tsushin (10/30/2013), he and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan welcomed the effective start of the nuclear project to build a 4-reactor nuclear power plant in the city of Sinop in northern Turkey on the Black Sea.
Atmea, a joint venture between Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and France's AREVA, will be the main contractor who will supply the generation III pressurized water reactors.
Prime Minister Abe said, according to Jiji (10/30/2013):
"It is our nation's responsibility to strive for enhancing nuclear safety by sharing with the world the lessons from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident."
Note the word "strive". Japan will make effort, but if the effort fails, well that's too bad.
To that, Prime Minister Erdoğan said:
He praised the highly developed technology of Japan, and said "Because we believe we need a nuclear power plant, we will proceed."
What lessons, you may ask? I am at a loss where to begin, but what I consider the lessons is probably not what Mr. Abe has in mind.
Here's from Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News (10/30/2013; emphasis is mine):
Turkey and Japan sign formal agreement to build second nuclear plant in Sinop
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe signed on Oct. 29 the official agreement for building Turkey's second nuclear plant in the Black Sea province of Sinop.
The two countries signed a $22 billion deal in May for the construction of a plant with a total capacity of 4,800 megawatts (mW), by a Japanese-French alliance of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and French firm Areva.
Abe came to Istanbul to attend the official opening ceremony of the Marmaray tunnel, which has also been built by a Japanese firm.
Erdoğan told reporters during a joint press conference after the Marmaray's opening ceremony that the nuclear plant would be built with the most developed technology.
"We know that it is impossible to say something like 'accidents will never happen.' Even if it is one in a million, such a danger, such an accident, might occur, and it is impossible to ignore this," Erdoğan said, commenting on the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
"There is no investment without risks, in any field. But every firm, every company should take 100 percent security measures. The ideal thing is without a doubt to minimize the margin of error," he added.
"Moreover, I believe that Japan will put forward the most developed technology in the works that we will undertake together at the Sinop nuclear plant. This is necessary for both Japan and Turkey," the prime minister said.
The first unit of the nuclear plant is set to be active by 2023, while the last unit will come online by 2028.
Turkey's first nuclear plant is being constructed in Akkuyu in the southern province of Mersin by the Russian state atomic energy corporation. The plant will be made with four reactors and will have a total installed power of 4,800 mW.
What Japan's most developed technology, you may further ask? I am at a loss here, too. Maybe he's referring to the ingenuous system of nuclear power plant building and maintenance subcontracting pyramid, where every contractor gets to profit by skimming the workers' pay, and where none will be held accountable in case of a nuclear accident, as they can each claim plausible deniability.
No investment without risks, says the Turkish prime minister. Maybe he gets lucky. It may indeed be several decades before there is a major nuclear accident.
Russians (Rosatom) are already building Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, also with four reactors, in southern Turkey facing the Mediterranean Sea.
City of Sinop looks like a beautiful place, with Cape Sinop jutting into the Black Sea. From the looks of Cape Sinop, I suspect the nuclear power plant will be built right at the tip of Cape Sinop... (Does anyone know the exact location?)