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Thursday, April 19, 2018, 15:00 - 16:00

"Japan's plutonium stockpile and the approach to reprocessing"

The speech and Q & A will be in English

Rather than storing spent nuclear fuel, Japan's policy has been to reprocess it to separate out the plutonium for re-use. This policy, which is unique among non-nuclear weapons states, has generated concerns from a variety of sources.

FCCJ's guest, Frank von Hippel, believes that Japan should be disposing of its plutonium rather than reprocessing it. He will outline the latest technologies available for doing so, and assess the risks of the various approaches.

These policies have particular implications for the Rokkasho plant under construction in Aomori Prefecture, long delayed but now expected to be completed by early 2022.

Frank von Hippel is Senior Research Physicist and Professor of Public and International Affairs emeritus at Princeton University where, in 1975, he co-founded and co-chaired for three decades the Program on Science and Global Security. In 2006, he co-founded the International Panel on Fissile Materials and co-chaired it for its first nine years. He has also served as an advisor to the US government.


Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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 Frank von Hippel

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