posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 01:47 PM
The EU (European Union) and Japan are currently in talks to decide over the finalised location of the new super-advanced fusion reactor.
Both sides are in a dead lock as both want to 'host' the $10billion scheme which is expected to last around the 20 year mark.The two possible sites
for the fusion reactor are in Cadarache (France) and Rokkasho-Mura (Japan). The EU is hoping to sway the Japanese Government through promises of
future 'fusion research help' but is planning to go ahead with construction of a European fusion reactor if a deal cannot be reached.
The EU has offered Japan a package of incentives to persuade it to give up its bid to host the world's biggest nuclear fusion reactor.
Europe wants to base the reactor at Cadarache in France, while Tokyo favours Rokkasho-Mura, in north Japan.
Japan would receive contributions to other fusion research initiatives and other benefits, EU officials said.
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This story is interesting as the EU is portraying itself international as a single country rather than as a collection of nations.
Also if a deal is not reached then it is likely that Europe and Japan will build their own independent fusion reactors, which will mean doubling the
costs that each 'side' will have to pay.
[edit on 16-11-2004 by Nerdling]