Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Japan Has Told EU It Is Giving Up On Nuclear Reactor Bid: Report

Illustration of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor.

Tokyo (AFP) Jun 22, 2005
Japan has told the European Union it will give up on hosting a revolutionary nuclear energy reactor after securing large deals in turn for agreeing the project will be built in France, a news report said Wednesday.

A meeting Tuesday of the six partners in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project will formally decide that the reactor will be built in the French town of Cadarache, the Mainichi Shimbun daily said.

The partners - China, the European Union, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States - are to meet in Moscow.

An official at the science ministry said only: "We are preparing our policy as negotiations are under way with the aim to decide on the site at an upcoming six-party meeting."

Japan had hoped to bring the multibillion-dollar project to the northern village of Rokkasho-mura.

The Mainichi said Japan informed the Europeans of its decision after securing a deal to construct the project's main research facility in Japan and keep 20 percent of the jobs at the head office, including the top post of the ITER organization, for Japanese nationals.

Japan is also set to get 20 percent of the work to build the reactor although Japan's share of the cost for ITER is 10 percent, the daily said without citing sources.

The United States and South Korea have supported Japan's bid for ITER, while China and Russia back the European Union's efforts to bring it to France.

Related Links
Search SpaceDaily
Subscribe To SpaceDaily Express

New Study: Why Solar Cells Lose Potency
Athens OH (SPX) Jun 20, 2005
Commercial products such as laptop computer monitors and solar-powered calculators are constructed from a light-sensitive material with a peculiar problem: When exposed to intense light, it forms defects, reducing the efficiency of the solar cells by 10 to 15 percent.

  • Tsunami Aid Across Asia Failing To Get To Those Worst-Affected
  • EO To Improve Risk Management Of Landslides, Floods In Alpine Regions
  • Lessons On Dealing With Disasters For China Kids As Flood Toll Hits 103
  • GINA Collaboration To Boost Response To Summer Fires

  • Senate Adopts Voluntary Measures To Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions On The Rise
  • Many Of 2 Billion Dryland Dwellers At Risk As Land Degrades
  • Spanish Government Appeals For Restraint With Air Conditioning

  • Street-Level London Air Pollution Warnings Coming Via Mobile Phones
  • A Plan Of Action For EarthCARE
  • Hurricanes To Intensify As Earth Warms
  • America's Newest USAF Weather Satellite Delivered To Launch Site

  • Japan Has Told EU It Is Giving Up On Nuclear Reactor Bid: Report
  • New Study: Why Solar Cells Lose Potency
  • New Hope For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Australia
  • Analysis: Bush Pushes Energy Legislation

  • AIDS Fight Will Cost 22 Billion Dollars By 2008, UN Says
  • New Partnership Aims To Develop AIDS Vaccine
  • 'Molecular Zipper' Holds Clues To Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Mad Cow Disease
  • UIC Developing Drug For SARS

  • Ageing Farmer Kills Leopard With Bare Hands In Kenya
  • Vietnam War Technology Could Aid Elephant Conservation
  • Microbes In Colorful Yellowstone Hot Springs Fueled By Hydrogen
  • SAfrican Government Consults Scientists On Elephant Culling

  • Punctuated Evolution In The Human Genome

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement