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Japan, Turkey agree on trade, atomic power tie-ups

Published on Jan 7, 2014 8:38 PM
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the end of their joint press announcement at the state guest house in Tokyo on Jan 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for free trade talks on Tuesday, as pressure mounted at home over a corruption scandal in which hundreds of police officers were fired.

The two countries also confirmed their cooperation on nuclear technology, as Mr Abe seeks deals to revive the world's third-largest economy.

Mr Abe visited Turkey twice last year, cementing atomic contracts and pushing the export of more reactors as the industry tries to emerge from the shadow of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Mr Erdogan, who has been under fire over corruption and bribery probes involving his government, arrived in Japan on Monday as part of a six-day Asian tour.

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