On June 16, The Howard Baker Forum hosted its quarterly meeting of US-Japan Roundtable. Among the esteemed presenters was METI’s Director of the Office for International Nuclear Energy Cooperation, Mr. Hirobumi Kayama. Mr. Kayama, who has been with METI for 19 years, provided the assembly with a comprehensive update on the contemporary state of Japanese nuclear policy. Mr. Kayama asserted the continued need for nuclear energy in Japan as a base load and quasi-domestic fuel source, while also providing a compelling economic argument for the industry. He provided a balanced assessment, addressing both the challenges of nuclear operations and the progress that has been made in Fukushima clean-up efforts. View the entirety of Mr. Kayama’s in-depth analysis and presentation here.