June 20, 2008

Japanese, Kazakh Companies Sign Nuclear Cooperation Memorandum – Agency

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo

Tokyo, 20 June - Toshiba Corp. said Friday the Japanese nuclear plant builder and Kazakhstan's state-run atomic company Kazatomprom have signed a memorandum promoting their nuclear energy cooperation.

The two will consider their cooperation using beryllium, tantalum and other materials for nuclear power plants, manufacturing nuclear plant components and developing supply chains for such plants, Toshiba said.

Since the Japanese and Kazakh governments signed their strategic partnership agreement in April 2007, Toshiba has participated in a uranium mine development project promoted by Kazatomprom.

Toshiba has also invited the Kazakh firm to invest in Westinghouse Electric Co., a US nuclear reactor builder that Toshiba has acquired.

Japan has given priority to developing relations with Kazakhstan in consideration of the central Asian country's rich uranium resources.

Originally published by Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 0553 20 Jun 08.

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