Japan, US to team up on next-generation nuclear reactors

Japan and the United States have agreed to start work on developing next-generation nuclear reactors as part of joint efforts to strengthen energy security and promote decarbonization.

Japan's Industry Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi met US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in Washington on Monday.

Nishimura said, "With this agreement, the two countries will explore opportunities for cooperation in the development and construction of next-generation reactors, making the most of existing reactors, and building strong supply chains."

The two sides said in a joint statement their efforts will include building advanced light water reactors.

They also agreed to try to maximize the use of existing reactors, and establish robust supply chains for uranium fuel and nuclear components.

Japan approved a new policy on nuclear power in December. It includes the development of next-generation reactors to replace decommissioned ones.