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Japan seeks nuclear fusion reactor prototype by midcentury

Private sector to be tapped for technology seen as key to carbon-neutral energy

A technician looks at the circular bioshield inside the construction site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, southern France.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan aims to hammer out its very first research and development strategy for nuclear fusion by summer, Nikkei has learned, with the goal of achieving a prototype reactor by around 2050.

The Cabinet Office will set up a forum for discussions with experts as early this month to create a strategy. The plan will be to work with the private sector, including financial support for small companies and startups. 

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