A memorandum of cooperation has been signed between the UK and Japan to strengthen ties between their civil nuclear industries.

Business & Energy Secretary Greg Clark signed the document during his third visit to Japan since his appointment in July.

Clark met representatives from Hitachi, the conglomerate behind Horizon Nuclear Power’s proposed 2.7GW Wylfa Newydd site on the Isle of Anglesey off the coast of Wales, and from Toshiba, which holds a 60% stake in NuGeneration, which is developing the proposed 3.8GW Moorside plant in Cumbria.

The UK and Japan will also work together on decommissioning and decontamination of existing sites.

Job creation

Clark said: “Our partnership with Japan is a clear example of how strategic international relationships can power the economy and create opportunities at home and abroad – an important part of our industrial strategy.

“The potential of this collaboration is to create thousands of highly skilled jobs and create major opportunities for the development of supply chains which can provide British engineering and expertise to the civil nuclear industry around the world.”

Clark also visited the Japanese space agency and the KEK high-energy research institute.

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