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Osamu Motojima has been tapped as the new director general of the ITER Organization for an international project to build a nuclear fusion reactor in France, replacing Kaname Ikeda, according to science ministry officials.

The appointment was made at the ITER Council’s extraordinary meeting held in Cadarache, southern France, on Wednesday, according to the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry.

The European Union, Japan and several other countries are jointly building a thermonuclear reactor in Cadarache to study fusion as a future source of energy.

Motojima was director general of Japan’s National Institute for Fusion Science from April 2003 to March 2009.

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