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6 November 2012

Fourth meeting of the Coordinating Committee Euratom-Japan under the Agreement for Co-operation between the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and the Government of Japan in the field of Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion

The bilateral meeting (CC-4) took place in Brussels, on 6 November 2012, chaired by Euratom, and was held back-to-back to Broader Approach Steering Committee. Broader Approach (BA) agreement engages Euratom and Japan in very special partnership, beyond ITER, to achieving in fast track way fusion energy.

The Japanese delegation of six members was headed by Mr. Hiroyasu IIJIMA, Deputy Director, International Nuclear and Fusion Energy Affairs Division, Research and Development Bureau, MEXT, while the Euratom delegation of sixteen members was headed by Mr. Hervé PERO, Acting Director of DG RTD-K on energy research and innovation.

CC-4 served to deepen regular bilateral dialogue. It further consolidated and up-dated the novel tools of cooperation, introduced by the previous CC-3 of this format of bilateral interactions, e.g. the updating of the inventory on fusion bilateral collaborative activities between Euratom and Japan, the bilateral Work programme and the list of bilateral agreed actions.

The parties discussed the complementarities of JET and JT 60 SA tokamaks (located respectively in Europe and Japan), and the potential participation of Japan in the JET programme of operation and exploitation in order to contribute to the development of the ITER operating programme and also to facilitate the training of future ITER managers and operators. This measure was one of the most important among a set of several very specific INCO activities Euratom-Japan, proposed at CC-4, which will be further concretized.

Japan and Euratom (EFDA) agreed to continue initiated cooperation in areas of special interest for interactions in key fusion physics and technology topics (incl. potential participation of Japan in EFDA Task Forces and Topical Groups).

Furthermore CC-4 embarked on post-BA modalities of cooperation and questions which fall outside the scope of BA, by starting tackling the question of use of the JT 60 SA data, the Joint Exploitation of JT 60 SA and other governance mechanisms and tools.

From a strategic perspective, CC-4 served as a launching pad for reflexions and comparisons of principles in the mid- and long-term strategic Fusion Roadmaps of both sides.