July 2, 2011 Mainichi Daily News reported:

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Toshiba Corp. has lobbied a senior U.S. government official to realize an international nuclear fuel supply scheme that includes the construction of a nuclear waste repository in Mongolia, according to a copy of a letter by Toshiba’s president obtained by Kyodo News on Friday.

Norio Sasaki, president of the Japanese electronics giant which has U.S. Westinghouse Electric Co. as a subsidiary, sent the letter dated May 12, 2011, to Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman.

Toshiba lobbying U.S. to build nuclear waste repository in Mongolia:

On July 5, 2011, Toshiba released a notice:

(Regarding some reports on CFS scheme in Mongolia)

Here’s rough translation with help of Google translate:

“There were some reports indicating that we asked the U.S. government to promote the plan to build a nuclear waste repository in Mongolia, but there is no fact that we requested it.

It is our understanding that CFS (comprehensive fuel services) vision being examined by the Government of Mongolia and the U.S. government is to supply international markets uranium mined and processed in Mongolia, Mongolia take back only their spent fuel and store them as intermediate storage until reprocessing.

We believe that in the promotion of nuclear energy, it is important to build a nuclear nonproliferation regime and the Safe Use of Nuclear Initiative, and that CFS scheme is significant in terms of building a global nuclear nonproliferation regime.

In addition, our letter to the U.S. government did not ask to promote the idea to build nuclear waste repository in Mongolia, but informed them that CFS scheme is significant in terms of building a global nonproliferation regime and there is no change in our position to cooperate in nuclear nonproliferation regime.”

*Nuclear waste repository – It is 核処分場 in the original notice. It did not sound “nuclear processing facility”.         Sorry if I am wrong.

We are aware that Toshiba is in nuclear plant service business from Fukushima Daiichi. But I did not know Toshiba owns a nuclear reactor manufacture.

And a nuclear waste repository in Mongolia?

Now I know:

Toshiba bought Westinghouse from British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL) – a company owned by the UK Government- for $5.4 billion in 2006.

For your reference:

– GE and Hitachi created company called GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy in 2007.

– “Mitsubishi Heavy Industries planned to form a joint venture with France’s Areva SA. to take part in the nuclear project.” – Mainichi Daily News

In the middle of nuclear disaster in their own country, they are busy trying to sell their nuclear products overseas and concerned about CFS.

Will it work?

Japan nuclear pacts with 4 countries in limbo over Fukushima crisis, political turmoil:

Japan’s ambitious strategy to sell nuclear plants overseas is in jeopardy as the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has not been able to secure parliamentary endorsement for nuclear pacts with four nations due to the ongoing crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant and deepening domestic political turmoil.

Japan’s nuclear pacts with Jordan, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam have been submitted to the Diet for approval. The credibility of Japan’s nuclear safety, however, has been crumbling since the Fukushima nuclear crisis, casting a pall on the nation’s strategy to sell atomic power plants abroad.

Some links:

Westinghouse Electric Company: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westinghouse_Electric_Company

Westinghouse Electric Company LLC is a nuclear power company, offering a wide range of nuclear products and services to utilities throughout the world, including nuclear fuel, service and maintenance, instrumentation and control and advanced nuclear plant designs. Owned and operated by the Toshiba Group, Westinghouse’s world headquarters is located in Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, United States.

Web site: http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GE_Hitachi_Nuclear_Energy

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. It is located in Wilmington, N.C.. Established in June 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by General Electric and Hitachi.

BNFL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BNFL

Areva: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areva

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