Dear US-Japan Roundtable Members,
The US-Japan Roundtable had a busy year in 2018, with three member gatherings, a Tokyo Conference, and the Annual Conference in Washington which had one of its largest turnouts with over 100 people attending. The indications of maturity, high visibility and the important role in bilateral relations of the US-Japan Roundtable was demonstrated when it was specifically named in a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the US Departments of Commerce and Energy. The Roundtable was listed as a resource to be used for encouraging potential future partnerships between the US and Japan in order to develop and deploy advanced reactor technology. As well, the Roundtable continues to grow in its core membership adding three new members to the Roundtable in 2018 – IHI Corporation, the Japan Atomic Power Company, and the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum.
We are looking forward to another successful year of growth and activity for the Roundtable in 2019. We will start with a March Film Showing of The New Fire, a superb documentary on innovation and the new American nuclear reactor start-ups. The short film will be followed by a US-Japan Roundtable Reception to honor its director, David Schumacher. This kick-off event will be followed by Member Meetings in April, June, and September. We will wrap the year with our Annual Conference, possibly in November, just after or before the American Nuclear Society’s winter meeting. Plans are underway and we will be in touch soon with actual dates for the meetings and the conference.
Lead topics of the year will include:
- Nuclear Energy Policy in Japan and the US
- US-Japan Cooperation in Nuclear Energy Innovation
- The Coming Revolution in Small Modular Reactors
- Global Nuclear Energy Markets and the Chinese Challenge
- Electricity Deregulation: the American and Japanese Models
- The Demographic, Climate and Technology Forces Driving Future Electricity Demand
If you have other topics of interest, please send them to us. We greatly appreciate your input.
We look forward to working with all of our members to advance and promote nuclear power, nuclear energy technology and nuclear energy innovation during this critical time.
Very best regards,
Scott L. Campbell
The Howard Baker Forum
The U.S.-Japan Roundtable