Osamu Motojima

The "Unique ITER Team"

A "Unique Team" for a unique project. From left to right: Director of the Department for ITER Project Rem Haange; Head of Korean Domestic Agency Kijung Jung; Head of the F4E ITER Departement and ancting DA Head Jean-Marc Filhol; ITER Organization Director-General Osamu Motojima; Director of US ITER Project Office Ned Sauthoff; Unit Manager, Division of ITER Projet at JAEA Eisuke Tada; Deputy Director-General of ITER China Luo Delong; Head of Russian Domestic Agency Anatoly Krasnilikov and Ujjwal Baruah, Project Manager ITER India representing Head of ITER India Shishir P. Deshpande. Czytaj dalej...

ITER and China to promote scientific cooperation

The ITER Organization and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming to promote the scientific and technological cooperation between the world-spanning network of laboratories and institutes engaged in fusion research. On 13 August, during his recent visit to Beijing, ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima and Vice-Minister CAO Jianlin signed the Memorandum. China is one of the seven founding Members of the ITER Organization and MOST is steering the country’s national scientific and technological development. The agreement comprises „the exchange of and training of scientists, engineers, specialists, administrators and project managers with regard to mega science projects for agreed periods of time; the organization of seminars and workshops; and the exchange of information and data on scientific and technical activities taking into account the Intellectual Property rules of the ITER project.”  Czytaj dalej...

Japanese Minister of Science and Education (MEXT) visits ITER site

On Saturday 28 July 2012, the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Hirofumi Hirano, visited ITER on his way back from London where he had participated in the inauguration of the Olympic Games. The Minister was welcomed by the ITER Organization’s Director-General, Osamu Motojima, and met with Japanese staff working at the Organization. The Delegation visited the PF Coil Building, the foundations of the Tokamak and the new Headquarters building which is in its final stages of completion. Minister Hirano highlighted the „importance of the ITER project in the context of energy research” and stressed the fact that „this concern is shared by all countries in the world, not just by Japanese people”. In an interview with the local newspaper La Provence, the Minister was quoted as saying that in the global quest for energy security fusion certainly was „one of the major aims to pursue”. It is of utmost importance, he added, „that every ITER Member share  a common commitment to the project. This strong determination will allow ITER to keep its schedule and produce First Plasma in 2020.” Minister Hirano extended his thanks and appreciation to the French authorities and to CEA for activally contributing to the implementation of the ITER project and, also, for their support „at the time of the events in Fukushima.” Addressing the Minister, CEA-Cadarache Director Maurice Mazière pointed out „the excellent relations that existed between Japan and France in the area of energy research, and particularly that of fusion.” M. Mazière added that France was „very glad to see the personal interest taken by Minister Hirano in the ITER project.” „This was a very importa Czytaj dalej...

IAEA Director-General Amano: "I have faith in the ingenuity of human beings."

On Friday 6 July, the ITER Organization welcomed the following distinguished guests: Yukiya Amano, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Shunji Yanai, President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas (ITLOS), and Ichiro Komatsu, Ambassador of Japan in France.   ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima gave a general presentation in which he highlighted recent construction and licensing milestones. A large party of senior management accompanied the visitors to the ITER platform where, in 24 months, major steps toward building ITER have been made.   In a short interview with Newsline, Director-General Amano reflects on the role of the IAEA, his perception of fusion and ITER, and the energy challenges that will characterize the decades to come.   Follow this link to view images of the visit.   Director-General Amano, do you consider that after Fukushima the perspective on nuclear energy has changed fundamentally? Actually no, I do not. The most important change is that global public opinion has become very sceptical about nuclear safety. Many people have lost confidence that nuclear power plants can be operated safely. Restoring this confidence represents a major challenge for governments, plant operators and nuclear regulators. I believe it can be done, but it will take time and an unshakeable commitment to putting safety first—always—and to transparency. However, as far as the future of nuclear power is concerned, all the indications point to a growing number of nuclear power plants throughout the world in the next 20 to 30 years. There are exceptions such as Germany, which has decided to close all of its existing reactors, and Switzerland, which has decided not to build any new ones. But Czytaj dalej...

Goodbye, Mr Clément

The International School of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, where „ITER children” account for half of the total enrolment, owes a lot to Jean-Paul Clément. As Head of this unique institution—a school that is part of the French public educational system but provides classes in ten different languages—Director Clément had to manage a project that appeared at times as complex and challenging as ITER itself. Establishing an international school close to Cadarache was part of the French commitment to ITER. Pending the construction of the facility, the International School opened in September 2007 in temporary accommodations in a nearby lycée and eventually moved onto its own beautifully designed campus two years later. As construction was progressing, it was the Director’s responsibility to establish a curriculum compatible with both the stringent requirements of the French educational system and the demands of the Education ministries of the ITER Members. No simple task … Director Clément’s mandate has now come to an end. On Thursday, a ceremony was organized at the International School in Manosque to bid him farewell and wish him all the success in his future endeavours. In his address to Mr Clement, which he chose to pronounce in French, ITER Director-General Osamu Motojima stressed the importance of the International School for the ITER project. „ITER needs to gather talent from all over the world. The existence of the International School is an important factor in the acceptance decision for those with families and school-age children.” Jean-Paul Clément is leaving the International School of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur for a mission in Laos for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Czytaj dalej...

10th ITER Council held in Washington D.C.

During its tenth meeting held on 20-21 June in Washington D.C., the ITER Council acknowledged a number of positive advancements for the project, noting, in particular, the progress of ITER construction and licensing. The Council stressed that respecting the project schedule within cost remains a critical issue and that reported slippages need rapid correction; it also noted that the ITER Organization and the seven Domestic Agencies are working together on these corrections. Relative to schedule issues, decisions were taken regarding the manufacturing of some major ITER Tokamak components. This meeting took place in the Ronald Reagan building, which is fitting given the fact that ITER was born out of the shared vision of Secretary General Gorbachev and President Reagan at the Geneva Summit in 1985. This ITER Council was the first chaired by Dr. Hideyuki Takatsu of Japan, who began his term as ITER Council Chair on 1 January 2012. The Director-General Osamu Motojima thanked all ITER Members for their proactive and forward looking contributions and their much appreciated encouragement. The ITER Organization will keep continuing to promote the ITER project together with its seven Domestic Agencies,” Motojima stressed. Read the ITER Council Press Release in English and in French. Czytaj dalej...