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2. Contributions to the Mongolian Nuclear Program

2.2. Former Energy and Natural Resources Minister of Mongolia visits CRINES

Tuvden Ochirkhuu, former Energy and Natural Resources Minister of Mongolia, was escorted by the Mongolian Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Rentsendoo Jigjid on a tour of the premises of CRINES on the campus of the Tokyo Institute of Technology on April 20, 2006.

Director Prof. H. Sekimoto gave an overview of the activities at COE-INES and CRINES. Mr. Ochirkhuu described Mongolia’s energy situation and its approach to nuclear power. He then asked several questions about small nuclear reactors, which were answered in detail by Prof. Sekimoto.

Interest in nuclear power is high in Mongolia, and the authorities are investigating its prospects. The former minister expressed a strong determination for further ties with Japan, especially in education in nuclear energy.