I came across this page.

The Howard Baker Forum
United States – Japan Roundtable Series:
http://www.bakerdonelson.com/howard-baker-forum-united-states-japan-roundtable-series/

In essence, the Roundtable is a “community of interest” that meets to provide a platform for exchange and cooperation between U.S. and Japanese public and private participants with a stake in promoting a safe and secure global nuclear renaissance.

4 roundtable sessions were held since September 2009, 4th session on February 23, 2011.

There are list of documents presented by major nuclear companies in U.S. and Japan and governmntal agency at the forum.

One of them is:

“Emerging Markets: The Role of Governments in Leveling the Playing Field”
http://www.bakerdonelson.com/files/Uploads/Documents/McGinnis.pdf

by U.S. Department of Energy dated February 23, 2011

In the document, there is a page (p. 11) titled:

Cradle-to-Grave/Comprehensive Nuclear Fuel Services (CTG/CFS) Conceptual Description

  • A CTG/CFS approach is one that provides comprehensive, reliable and commerciallybased services on a global basis.
  • Under the CTG/CFS concept, suppliers would provide a range of options for fuel supply, used fuel management, and ultimate disposal services.
  • The CTG/CFS approach would provide a competitive economic advantage over indigenous development of enrichment and reprocessing and would remove some of the burdens associated with the interim storage and the final disposal of used fuel or/and high level radioactive wastes.
  • CTG/CFS is intended to be a flexible and tailored approach that recognizes and accommodates the unique requirements of the specific users and service providers.
  • CTG/CFS represents a new framework for civil nuclear cooperation in the pursuit of abundant carbon-free energy sources.

So, this is the CFS scheme in the letter from president of Toshiba to the official of US department of energy sent in May 2011. (See my previous post)

The mission statement was obviously written before Fukushima Daiichi Disaster. I wonder if they still use “global nuclear renaissance” after that.

But I realized that there is a lot to learn to understand what we hear and read about nuclear energy.

To have an idea on such cooperations, here’s one example. It looks like they have to overcome many obstacles. (As my previously post, the US and India has a problem to solve between them too.)

The US and France had been pushing Japan to sign agreement with India on nuclear cooperation, so that they can sell their nuclear reactors to India with Japanese components.

The Asahi Shinbun October 5, 2010

Japan-India Nuclear Deal: Striking a Balance
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/2010/10/05/japan-india-nuclear-deal-striking-balance/5qb

Tokyo disliked the U.S.-India nuclear deal from the start. The very idea of nuclear cooperation with a state that had failed to place all of its nuclear facilities under safeguards was anathema to many in Japan.

Nonetheless, under intense pressure from the administration of President George W. Bush, Japan ended up voting for the exemption to the Nuclear Suppliers Group’s guidelines that was required for states to start exporting civil nuclear technology to India.

Japan is now faced with a second momentous decision. It is a key node in the global supply chain for nuclear reactor components, especially those used in American and French reactors. Before Japan can export any such components to India, the two states must reach a bilateral agreement specifying the rules of the road. Japan has recently started to negotiate such a deal with India, under yet more pressure from the United States as well as France.

Recent news tells everything is not going well with their negotiation.

Latest report is that Japan suspended all negotiations after Prime Minister Kan expressed his “personal view” that he prefers moving toward nuclear-free society.

He won’t be Prime Minister for long. So you don’t know how long the suspension lasts.

But here’s one of reports.

The Chandigarh Tribune July 17, 2011

N-deal with Japan in limbo:
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110718/main5.htm

Setback for India

Tokyo has decided to suspend talks with India and four other countries concerning the sale of N-power equipment and technology after Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s recent declaration that he wants to phase out the use of nuclear energy.

If the deal is called off, it will be a major jolt to India’s ambitious civil nuclear energy programme. India and Japan have been negotiating a nuclear agreement since June last year. Top officials of the two countries have so far held two rounds of talks.

If Japan pulls out, American and French nuclear majors too would find it difficult to enter the Indian nuclear market. They can’t sell N-plant technology to India without the approval of the Japanese industry.

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