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Towards creation of a Russia-Japan cooperation platform

Towards creation of a Russia-Japan cooperation platform

On February 14th, 2017 a representative of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Ms. Yuko Tsuda, and a professor from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Prof. Toru Obara, have visited ROSATOM-CICE&T in order to identify potential ways of cooperation in the framework of the Memorandum of Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy signed on December 16th, 2016 by the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” and two Japan ministries: the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The Russian side was represented by managers and specialists of the Department of International Cooperation, ROSATOM-CICE&T and  Prof. V. Petrov  from Chemical Faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Both Russian organizations have practical arrangements with the International Atomic Energy Agency to support human resource development in the field of nuclear technology.

Through the example of joint projects between the European Nuclear Educational Network Association (ENEN) and ROSATOM (ENEN I and II) the speakers from ROSATOM-CICE&T showed the experience of conducting training courses aimed at development of competences in the field of advanced nuclear fuel cycle technologies, such as fabrication of fuel based on reprocessed uranium and a possibility of nuclear fuel cycle closing by utilizing fast reactors with heavy liquid metal coolants (HLMC). Tokyo Institute of Technology, as well as ROSATOM-CICE&T, is an affiliated ENEN member, and such format of international cooperation may become the basis for Russia-Japan collaboration in the field of human resource development for nuclear science and technology.

A substantial interest of the Japanese delegation was raised by a presentation of innovative multimedia sets for education (IMUSE), which are being developed by ROSATOM-CICE&T under support of ROSATOM. The IMUSE include textbooks and corresponding multimedia courses on real up-to-date and advanced nuclear technologies (SMR, III+, Gen-IV and other) and Russian contribution in their development. In the framework of the visit the participants discussed a possibility to include Japanese experts in a review process of the English version of IMUSE “Introduction to Nuclear Power, Physics and Small Modular Reactor Technology” and in a translation into Japanese language of the part related to small modular reactors with HLMC.