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US and Japan partner to develop next-generation nuclear reactors

In Brief: “The United States and Japan have agreed to collaborate on the development of next-generation nuclear reactors, as part of their shared efforts to enhance energy security and promote decarbonization. Industry Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi and US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm met in Washington to discuss the joint venture, which aims to explore opportunities for cooperation in the development and construction of next-gen reactors and establish strong supply chains for uranium fuel and nuclear components.”

Japan and the United States have agreed to begin work on the development of a new generation of nuclear reactors.

It is part of a joint effort to strengthen energy security and promote decarbonisation.

Japanese Industry Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi met with US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in Washington.

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Nishimura said, “Through this agreement, the two countries will explore opportunities for cooperation in the development and construction of new-generation reactors, make the most of existing reactors, and build strong supply chains.”

In a joint statement, the two sides said they would cooperate on the development and construction of next-generation reactors, including advanced light water reactors.
They also agreed to try to maximize the use of their existing reactors and establish robust supply chains for uranium fuel and nuclear components.

In December, Japan’s Ministry of Industry issued new guidelines for nuclear power generation. They included the development of new generation reactors to replace decommissioned ones.

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