Review of 2023: UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum

Installment number 3 takes a look back at a highlight for the nuclear sector, the 7th UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum.

On October 25, the UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum, sponsored by the UK’s Department for Business and Trade (DBT) and the British Embassy in Japan, was held at the embassy in Tokyo, with additional support from the British Market Council, the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), and the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF).

Approximately a hundred people attended, representing 15 British companies and 31 Japanese companies (power companies, vendors, general contractors, trading companies, and others) to exchange information, opinions, and views.

The forum – the seventh of its kind – focused for the first time on advanced nuclear technology including small modular reactors (SMRs), along with decommissioning and waste management.  The event highlighted the huge potential for collaboration between UK and Japan on nuclear energy issues, building on our existing partnership including joint decommissioning work at Fukushima Daiichi.

Representatives from companies such as Rolls Royce, Core Power and MoltexFLEX as well as the UK Atomic Energy Authority participated in the event where they had the chance to showcase cutting edge UK developed technologies and explore the challenges, and potential solutions to developments in the nuclear industry.

As Japan’s nuclear power policy develops, events like this help ensure that UK expertise and experience is front of mind in Japan, leading to deeper partnerships which will benefit the sector in both countries.