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Turkey will take a step with Japan for nuclear energy, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, Anadolu agency reported.

"We have taken the first step with Russia, and we are taking the second step with Japan, said Turkish Prime Minister who held a joint press conference with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Istanbul on Tuesday.

"We wish to make this investment as soon as possible," Erdogan added.


During his official visit in Japan that starts on September 11, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will hold negotiations with Emperor Akihito and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and will meet with some leaders of major Japanese companies, Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary (TDH) State News Service statement said on Wednesday.

"That will mark a new milestone in the history of the Turkmen-Japanese business partnership, in front of which, considering the existing mutual interest and complementarity of national economies, promising prospects open up," the statement said.


Japan said Tuesday that it would spend over 40 billion yen (400 million US dollars) to contain the leakage of contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, Kyodo News Agency informed, dpa reported.

The emergency spending will come from reserve funds under the fiscal 2013 budget, unnamed government sources quoted by Kyodo said.

The severity of the leaks was raised to level 3 last week after plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said about 300 tons of highly contaminated water was found to have leaked from a storage tank.


A strong earthquake struck wide areas of north-eastern and eastern Japan on Wednesday, the Meteorological Agency said, dpa reported.

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The agency said the magnitude-6.9 quake struck at 9:19 am (GMT 0019), and was centred off Torishima, 600 kilometres south of Tokyo, at a depth of 400 kilometres.

Tokyo Electric Power Co said there were no abnormalities at its damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.


Japan logged a trade deficit of 1.02 trillion yen (10.2 billion dollars) in July, the 13th consecutive month of loss, amid the yen's fall and growing fossil fuel imports, dpa reported Monday.

Overall imports jumped 19.6 per cent to 6.99 trillion yen, making the ninth straight month of year-on-year rises, while exports grew 12.2 per cent to 5.96 trillion yen for the fifth straight month of increases compared to the same periods last year, the Finance Ministry said in a preliminary report.


A magnitude-6 earthquake jolted wide areas of north-eastern Japan on Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said, dpa reported.

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of injuries, dead or damage.

The agency said the quake struck at 12:29 pm (GMT 0328) and was centred off the Miyagi prefecture at a depth of 50 kilometres.


Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received Executive Vice-President of Japanese "Sony" company Shoji Nemoto who voiced several business proposals, Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported today.

According to the newspaper, "Sony" is ready to expand its presence in the Turkmen market. The further development of media's material-technical basis, delivery of communication systems, medical equipment are among the possible areas of cooperation.


The successive expansion of constructive cooperation on a wide range of issues of political, trade, economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian cooperation were discussed by the representatives of the foreign ministries of Uzbekistan and Japan during the next round of consultations held in Tashkent, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan reported on Monday.


Japan is the leading country in terms of guarantees of seismic safety of buildings and structures, which ensured its victory in the tender for the construction of nuclear power plant (NPP) in Sinop, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey reported to RIA Novosti on Monday.


President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov signed a decree on the opening of the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Japan (Tokyo City), the document, which was made public, says.

By the decree, the Foreign Ministry is instructed jointly with the Ministry of Adalat (Justice) of Turkmenistan to prepare and submit to the Cabinet of Ministers proposals on making relevant amendments and additions to the national legislation within a month.