Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Decision on the Construction Site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)

June 28, 2005

  1. On June 28 (Tue), at the Ministerial-level Meeting in Moscow to choose the site for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the participants -- Japan, EU, Russia, China, the Republic of Korea and the USA -- unanimously decided upon Cadarache, France, which was proposed by Europe, as the ITER site. Japan failed to invite ITER and to fulfill the expectations of those who endeavored to bring ITER to this country, including the US and the ROK, which supported Japan as the ITER site. Japan, however, thinks that the present Meeting has a great significance in marking the first step toward realizing the ITER project.
  2. Through negotiations with the EU, Japan has been trying to build up a relationship so that whichever side, Japan or the EU, which proposed an ITER site, won, both sides would in fact be winners. Japan came to agreement on the role-sharing of the host and non-host country. It has after all been decided that ITER will be built in Europe, but Japan thinks that it may keep its national interest by, for example, securing a "quasi-host" position.
  3. Japan intends to promote the ITER project in international cooperation with the other participant countries, with a view to achieving nuclear fusion, the ultimate energy for the human race.

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