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Cablegate: Japan Leaning Towards Co-Sponsoring, Wants To

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DOE TO MAUREEN CLAPPER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PARM KNNP IAEA ENRG JA
SUBJECT: JAPAN LEANING TOWARDS CO-SPONSORING, WANTS TO
ATTEND AUGUST 27 MEETING BEFORE COMMITTING

REF: A. STATE 129063

B. WALLACE 11 AUGUST EMAIL
C. MILLER 11 AUGUST EMAIL
D. STARZ 15 AUGUST EMAIL
E. CLAPPER 16 AUGUST EMAIL
F. BURKHART 16 AUGUST EMAIL

1. ESToff and DOE Attach on August 11, 2006 met with MOFA
International Nuclear Energy Cooperation Division Deputy
Director Takayuki Kitagawa and desk officer Toshio Kaneko,
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and
Technology International Nuclear Energy Cooperation Division
Director Shunsuke Sato, and Naotaka Shimizu from the Cabinet
Office's Secretariat of the Atomic Energy Commission to
discuss Japan funding a portion of the December 2006 IAEA
workshop on nuclear energy infrastructure. Although Japan is
very interested in the aims of the workshop, the GOJ would
not be able to commit to funding the workshop until a number
of questions had been resolved, according to Kitagawa
(reftels B and C). Kitagawa added that the largest hurdle to
funding the workshop was the short timeframe presented by the
request and speculated that Japan would not be able to
contribute any funds on such short notice.

2. ESToff followed up with Kitagawa on August 16, 2006 and
together reviewed the answers provided to his questions
(reftels D, E, and F). Kitagawa told ESToff that although
obtaining funding would be difficult, the Cabinet Office's
Secretariat of the Atomic Energy Commission was positive

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about Japan's participation. Japan would like to attend
informally the August 27 meeting in Vienna and then make a
final decision on whether or not to contribute. (NOTE:
Kitagawa earlier on August 16 had told ESToff that Japan
would not cosponsor the meeting. The change of position
suggestQN&3QQR6Q'END NOTE.)
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