EU and Japan Celebrate Start of Operations of the JT-60SA Fusion Reactor and Reaffirm Close Cooperation on Fusion Energy


The EU and Japan have today marked the start of operations of the biggest and most advanced tokamak-type fusion reactor in the world – JT-60SA located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. At an inauguration ceremony in Naka, the EU’s Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson and Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Mr. Masahito Moriyama reaffirmed their long-standing cooperation in the field of fusion energy, supporting the international effort to develop fusion energy, including through the ITER project and the Broader Approach activities.

Both sides underlined their support for the operation and technical upgrades of JT-60SA to continue producing groundbreaking research results, useful for ITER and for designing and constructing the fusion reactors of the future.

There was also a joint commitment to strengthen the JT-60SA International Fusion School (JIFS), successfully inaugurated in September 2023, to train young scientists and engineers and develop human resources necessary to achieve fusion energy in the future.

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