Not taking ‘no’ for an answer, the European Union has offered Japan a package of incentives to persuade it to give up its bid to host the world’s first nuclear fusion reactor.
This would allow the international experimental project to go ahead at the rival Cadarache site in France. Proposing a partnership between the EU and Japan, the European Commission says Tokyo could receive favourable conditions to reflect its special contribution to the ITER project. Talks last week between the EU, South Korea, Russia, the United States, China and Japan on where to build the 10 billion euro facility ended in deadlock. Industry and research ministers are due to meet later this month, at which time the EU could decide to proceed with or without Tokyo’s accord.