A memorandum to this effect was signed by Rosatom’s CEO Alexei Likhachev and Toshio Kodama, President of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
The parties will cooperate to promote innovative energy technologies for nuclear waste management as one of the most crucial issues in modern nuclear. Transmutation of minor actinides, long lived isotopes of americium, curium and neptunium contained in nuclear wastes, will help considerably cut their amount and radiotoxicity. Transmutation is a process of burning up radionuclides either in fast breeder reactors or accelerator-based systems. Russian and Japanese nuclear centers experienced in waste management research and experiments are willing to join their efforts in this field, which is so important to both human and environmental safety.