The Fiji Times » Japan is helping to build Bill Gates’ high-tech nuclear reactor in Wyoming-Yomiuri

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TOKYO, Jan 1 (Reuters) – The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (7011.T) want to work with the United States and Bill Gates’ venture firm to build a high-tech nuclear reactor in Wyoming, the Yomiuri daily reported on Saturday.

The parties will sign an agreement for JAEA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to provide technical support and data from Japan’s own advanced reactors as early as January, the report said, citing multiple unidentified sources.

Terrapower had initially explored the prospect of building an experimental nuclear power plant with state-owned China National Nuclear Corp, until it was forced to seek new partners after Donald Trump’s administration made restricted nuclear deals with China.

The United States competes with China and Russia, which also hope to build and export advanced reactors.

Japan, on the other hand, has a bitter history of decommissioning its advanced reactor prototype Monju in 2016, a project that cost $8.5 billion but yielded few results and years of controversy.

The Monju plant has faced accidents, rule violations and cover-ups since its inception and was shut down following public distrust of nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Both JAEA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries could not be reached for comment as their offices were closed for the New Year holidays.

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