ITER Head Named

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Science  28 Oct 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5748, pp. 603b
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5748.603b

The first director-general of the $11 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is likely to be Kaname Ikeda. A University of Tokyo engineering graduate, Ikeda worked his way up through the ranks at the former Science and Technology Agency before entering Japan's diplomatic corps; he is currently ambassador to Croatia. Barring objections from other ITER partners, Ikeda's appointment will likely be formally announced at an ITER meeting in Vienna in December. European negotiators agreed after an 18-month standoff over the reactor's site to support Japan's director-general nominee; Japan in turn agreed to back the European Union's candidate site of Cadarache, France, where construction could begin by 2007.

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