Japan losing hope for its pricey ‘dream reactor’


  • Japan losing hope for its pricey ‘dream reactor’

    TSURUGA, Japan — Japan’s long and expensive pursuit of a super-efficient nuclear reactor — a model once touted as the key to its energy future — now teeters on the brink of failure amid new government concerns about its runaway costs.

    The four-decade project to develop a so-called fast-breeder reactor has consumed more than $13 billion in funding, so far producing only accidents, controversies and a single hour of electricity. The government last month decided on sharp budget cuts for the project, and one top nuclear official in November raised the possibility of scrapping the plan.

    Source: washingtonpost.com