Nuclear sector in Japan

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Decommissioning following the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident requires specialist skills and capabilities so UK companies with the relevant expertise have the opportunity to win business in a developing market.

Market overview

The accident has brought into focus the need to consider nuclear decommissioning both at Fukushima Daiichi, and potentially at other nuclear plants in the future.

The UK’s has an extensive and well matured nuclear decommissioning industry, and a national strategy, managed by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Knowledge of the UK’s experience and capability in nuclear decommissioning has been growing in Japan, and there is a keenness to learn from the projects we have carried out.

UK technology, and experience in decommissioning project and programme management is being sought.

Japan is at the beginning of the decommissioning process, and as the mechanics of how this will be organised and funded are being worked out, it is a good time to enter the market.

Key opportunities

The decommissioning roadmap gives the plan for decommissioning, and gives an idea of the areas of interest and when specific capabilities will be required:

UKTI in Tokyo are able to provide much more detailed information, on the current needs. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact us using the details below.

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Getting into the market

Nuclear is a very sensitive issue in Japan. Relationship building is key and it must be understood that business in Japan takes time and may not come quickly.

Japan also has capability to carry out a lot of the work internally, and UKTI can provide advice on the potential for your product or service in the market, and the most appropriate contact in the industry.

Specialist technologies, with a proven track record (particularly if it has been used at Sellafield) are of great interest, as is experience in running large decommissioning projects.

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Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS).

To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country – or contact your local international trade team.

  • Dr Keith Franklin, British Embassy Tokyo. Tel: +81 (0)3 5211 1100 or email: [email protected]

  • Sumie Ogiwara, British Embassy Tokyo. Tel: +81 (0)3 5211 1100; Email: [email protected]

UKTI Events

UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.

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Major Events

RADIEX 2013 – Radioactive Decontamination & Radioactive waste Disposal International Exhibition

25-27 September 2013

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Sectors: Energy and Nuclear Power
Countries: Japan
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