Energy and Technology

Japan’s Plutonium Question

Author: Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida, Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology, Sasakawa USA

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

Japan must reassess the appropriate supply-demand balance of its plutonium stocks upon completion of its new energy plan. Japan has about 47 tons of separated plutonium onshore and stored in France and Great Britain for reprocessing into commercial fuel with a small amount reserved for research purposes.

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U.S.-Japan Nuclear Cooperation: The Significance of July 2018

Author: Phyllis Genther Yoshida, PhD

In July 2018, the U.S.-Japan Agreement for Cooperation Between the Government of Japan and the Government of the United States on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy will extend automatically. Its extension means Japan can receive U.S.-origin special nuclear material, retain advance consent for reprocessing, and is bound by the non-proliferation criteria and practices set out in the agreement. Such agreements are known as “Section 123” Agreements.

Technical Feasibility of an Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) as a Future Option for Fast Reactor Cycles

Author: Sasakawa Peace Foundation

The concept of an Integral Fast Reactor (IFR), which integrates a sodium-cooled small metal-fueled fast reactor with pyroprocessing facilities, could be an option for future fast reactor cycles. The Sasakawa Peace Foundation in 2016 commissioned a paper and hosted meetings to explore this idea.

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On the Path to a New Automotive Future in Japan and the United States

Author: Phyllis Genther Yoshida, PhD

The key to global oil security is transportation. This report highlights automakers’ and governments’ efforts to increase the use of clean energy in automobiles and the hurdles faced by manufacturers and policy makers in their quest to increase the number of electric and fuel cell automobiles.

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China’s Intellectual Property Theft Must Stop

Author: Admiral Dennis C. Blair and General Keith B. Alexander

Categories: In the News

Admiral Dennis Blair co-authored this opinion piece with General Keith Alexander, a former commander of the United States Cyber Command and a former director of the National Security Agency, on the importance of challenging China’s theft of U.S. intellectual property.

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