Japan-U.S. Decommissioning and Remediation Fukushima Recovery Forum Tokyo, Japan February 18-19, 2014, 78338-78340 [2013-30751]

Download as PDF 78338 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 248 / Thursday, December 26, 2013 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES during the POR produced by Husteel and HYSCO for which they did not know its merchandise was destined for the United States. In such instances, we will instruct CBP to liquidate unreviewed entries at the all-others rate if there is no rate for the intermediate company(ies) involved in the transaction. For a full discussion of this clarification, see Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003). For Husteel and HYSCO, we intend to issue instructions to CBP 15 days after publication of the final results of this review. For the rescinded companies, antidumping duties shall be assessed at rates equal to the rates for the cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(1)(i). The Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of this notice. Cash Deposit Requirements The following cash deposit requirements for estimated antidumping duties will be effective upon publication of the notice of final results of administrative review for all shipments of CWP from Korea entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication as provided by section 751(a)(2) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for HYSCO and Husteel will be equal to the weighted-average dumping margins established in the final results of this administrative review; (2) for merchandise exported by producers or exporters not covered in this review but covered in a prior completed segment of the proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the companyspecific rate published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the original investigation but the producer has been covered in a prior complete segment of this proceeding, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the producer of the merchandise; (4) the cash deposit rate for all other producers or exporters will continue to be 4.80 percent, the ‘‘all others’’ rate established in the order.7 These cash 7 See Notice of Antidumping Duty Orders: Certain Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe from Brazil, the Republic of Korea (Korea), Mexico, and Venezuela, and Amendment to Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Certain Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe from Korea, 57 FR 49453 (November 2, 1992). VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:06 Dec 24, 2013 Jkt 232001 deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. Notification to Importers This notice serves as a preliminary reminder and, with respect to companies which we rescind in part as a final reminder, to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. The Department is issuing and publishing these results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: December 18, 2013. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix—List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum Comparison to Normal Value A. Determination of Comparison Method B. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis Product Comparisons Treatment of Grade as a Physical Characteristic Level of Trade/Constructed Export Price Offset Constructed Export Price Normal Value A. Selection of Comparison Market B. Affiliated Party Transactions and Arm’s Length Test C. Cost of Production 1. Calculation of Cost of Production 2. Test of Comparison Market Sales Prices 3. Results of the COP Test D. Constructed Value E. Calculation of Normal Value Based on Comparison Market Prices Currency Conversion [FR Doc. 2013–30935 Filed 12–24–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Japan-U.S. Decommissioning and Remediation Fukushima Recovery Forum Tokyo, Japan February 18–19, 2014 International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Event Description The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, is organizing a Japan-United States Decommissioning and Remediation Fukushima Recovery Forum (‘‘Fukushima Recovery Forum’’) on February 18–19 in Tokyo, Japan. The Fukushima Recovery Forum will be a venue for U.S. firms to hear from Japanese Ministries and commissioning entities on plans for Fukushima Recovery and for U.S. and Japanese firms to share experiences, expertise, and lessons learned in remediation and decommissioning, including on work underway at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station, and in Tohoku, the area affected by the accident at Fukushima. U.S. firms will also be given an opportunity to network with Japanese firms and identify potential business partners. ITA hopes that this cooperation between the U.S. and Japanese private sectors will lead to solutions that will enhance Fukushima recovery efforts. ITA is seeking the participation of a maximum of approximately 25 U.S. companies that produce technology or provide services in the decommissioning or remediation sector, including water treatment and waste management. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Global Markets and U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (CS) will also be available in Tokyo to provide its export counseling services to participating companies. Support for the Fukushima Recovery Forum was confirmed at the 2nd meeting of the U.S-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation. The Bilateral Commission serves as a senior-level, standing forum for consultations on mutual issues of concern, to further strengthen bilateral cooperation and to advance shared interest in the area of civil nuclear cooperation. The Bilateral Commission is chaired by the Department of Energy and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI). There are five working groups under the Bilateral Commission to coordinate bilateral cooperation in the areas of civil nuclear energy research and development, the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, environmental management, emergency management, nuclear security, and safety and regulatory issues. The Decommissioning and Environmental Management Working Group (DEMWG) under the Bilateral Commission addresses the long-term consequences of the Fukushima accident, including facility E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 248 / Thursday, December 26, 2013 / Notices decommissioning, spent fuel storage, decontamination, and remediation of contaminated areas. The Fukushima Recovery Forum is under the auspices of the DEMWG to further industry cooperation in support of Fukushima Recovery efforts. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Event Goals The Fukushima Recovery Forum is an event to bring U.S. and Japanese private sector firms in the remediation, decommissioning, and waste management industries together to develop relationships that will assist with the recovery of the Fukushima region. The Forum is intended to be: • A venue for U.S. firms to meet key Japanese officials involved in the planning of decommissioning, remediation, and other work related to Fukushima Recovery. • A venue where U.S. and Japanese firms can share experiences, expertise, and lessons learned in remediation and decommissioning, including on work already completed at Fukushima Daiichi, and in Tohoku. • A venue where U.S. and Japanese firms can discuss key technical challenges related to Fukushima cleanup and nuclear decommissioning. • A venue to foster collaboration between the U.S. and Japanese private sector to solve other challenges related to remediation and decommissioning. • An opportunity for companies from both the United States and Japan to network, build relationships and identify partners for current projects and potential joint future work. Event Scenario On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan and led to a series of events at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station in which several units and their adjacent spent fuel pools experienced beyond-design-basis accidents. The four reactors at the site (Units 1–4) that received the brunt of the damage (of the six reactors at the site) also have integral spent fuel pools containing significant amounts of spent nuclear fuel, which were also damaged by the disaster and the subsequent explosions. In addition, radioactivity was released into the surrounding area, causing thousands of people to be evacuated. Japan faces an unprecedented cleanup and decontamination challenge that will take many years to resolve as it strives to decommission Fukushima Dai-ichi and remediate the surrounding areas. The U.S. Government, and specifically the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, have been involved in numerous exchanges of VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:06 Dec 24, 2013 Jkt 232001 scientific and technical information and expertise with the Government of Japan with the intent to find solutions to problems created by the accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi related to decommissioning and decontamination. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, has proposed the JapanUnited States Decontamination and Remediation Fukushima Recovery Forum to bring U.S. and Japanese firms together to complement the existing exchanges of information and expertise by providing an opportunity for coordination between the U.S. and Japanese private sectors to find solutions from U.S. firms that would assist Japan with its recovery process. Participating firms will: • Receive a briefing on the status of Fukushima Dai-ichi decommissioning and decontamination work from relevant officials from the Japanese Government and industry. • Participate in panel or breakout discussions focusing on decontamination, remediation and waste management. Firms with appropriate experience or technologies will be asked to present during these discussions. • Exchange views on viable solutions to the challenges on Fukushima recovery with counterparts from the Japanese private sector;nder the CP Program would be two million shares, whereas the threshold under the ETP Incentive Program is one million shares). • Participate in one-on-one networking sessions with interested Japanese firms; • Attend a networking reception with senior leaders from Japan’s Government and industry hosted by a senior U.S. Government representative from the Embassy in Tokyo; • Take advantage of the Commercial Service in Tokyo’s business advisory services if desired by the U.S. participant firms and should CS Japan resources be able to accommodate such interest. • There may be an opportunity to participate in an optional tour to the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant. This tour would incur additional fees. Proposed Schedule February 18 Participate in discussions with U.S. and Japanese firms consisting of presentations and discussions on specific aspects of Fukushima Recovery, including decommissioning, PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78339 remediation, waste management, and water management. Participate in networking opportunities with Japanese firms. Attend a networking reception with senior leaders from Japan’s Government and industry hosted by a senior U.S. Government representative from the Embassy in Tokyo. February 19 Participate in briefings by Japanese Government and other entities on the status of the situation at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and surrounding area. Participate in one-on-one networking activities coordinated by Global Markets and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. Updates to the events related to the Fukushima Recovery Forum can be found at: http://export.gov/japan/ fukushima/forum/ Participation Requirements All parties interested in participating in the Fukushima Recovery Forum must complete and submit an application package for consideration by the Department of Commerce. All applicants will be evaluated based on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. A maximum of 25 companies will be selected to participate in the Business Forum from the applicant pool. U.S. companies already doing business in Japan as well as U.S. companies seeking to enter to the Japanese market for the first time may apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order that they are received. Fees and Expenses After a company has been selected to participate in the Forum, a participation fee is required. The participation fee is $930.00 for large firms. The participation fee is $665.00 for small or medium-sized firms.1 Fees will cover the cost for interpreters, a booklet containing information about the firms, and the costs for the reception. Exclusions The conference fee does not include any personal travel expenses such as airfare, lodging, most meals, incidentals, 1 An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations (see http:// www.sba.gov/size). Parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries will be considered when determining business size. The dual pricing reflects the Commercial Service’s user fee schedule that became effective May 1, 2008. For additional information, see http://www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/ initiatives.html E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1 78340 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 248 / Thursday, December 26, 2013 / Notices and local ground transportation and personal interpreters used during the networking sessions. Delegation members will be able to take advantage of U.S. Embassy rates for hotel rooms. Business visas may be required. Government fees and processing expenses to obtain such visas are also not included in the Fukushima Recovery Forum costs. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide instructions to each participant on the procedures required to obtain necessary business visas. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Conditions for Participation Applicants must submit a completed mission application signed by a company official, together with supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company’s products and/or services, interest in doing business in Japan, and goals for participation by January 15, 2014. If the U.S. Department of Commerce receives an incomplete application, the U.S. Department of Commerce may reject the application, request additional information, or take the lack of information into account in its evaluation. Each applicant must also certify that the products or services it seeks to export through its participation in the Fukushima Recovery Forum are either produced in the United States, or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and that the promotion of the products or services the applicant seeks to export would be consistent with CS’s statutory mission. Selection Criteria for Participation Selection will be based on the following criteria: • Suitability of the company’s products or services to the Japanese decommissioning or remediation sector, including water management and waste management; • The company’s potential for business in Japan, including likelihood of exports resulting from participation in the Fukushima Recovery Forum; • The company’s ability to identify and engage on policy issues relevant to U.S. competitiveness in the decontamination or remediation sectors in Japan; and • Consistency of the company’s goals and objectives with the scope of the Fukushima Recovery Forum. Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, industry subsector, location, and demographics, may also be considered during the review process. Referrals from political organizations and any documents containing references to partisan political activities VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:06 Dec 24, 2013 Jkt 232001 (including political contributions) will be removed from an applicant’s submission and not considered during the selection process. Timeframe for Recruitment and Participation Recruitment for the Fukushima Recovery Forum will be conducted in an open and public manner, including publication in the Federal Register, posting on CS Japan’s Web site, notices by industry trade associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity through the Commercial Service network. Recruitment will begin immediately and conclude no later than January 15, 2014. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions beginning on or about January 6, 2014. Applications received after January 15, 2014 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. Applications for participation in the Fukushima Recovery Forum are available on line at: http://export.gov/ japan/fukushima/forum/ DATES: The Fukushima Recovery Forum will take place February 18–19, 2014. Applications are due no later than January 15, 2014. Contacts Danius Barzdukas, Office of East Asia and APEC, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, Phone: 202–482–1147, email: Danius.Barzdukas@trade.gov. Gregory Briscoe, U.S. Commercial Service Tokyo, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, Phone: +81–3–3224–5088, email: Gregory.Briscoe@trade.gov. David Kincaid, Designated Federal Officer for the Civil Nuclear Trade advisory Committee & Representative of the USG Civil Nuclear Coordination Team, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, Phone: 202–482–1706, email: David.Kincaid@trade.gov. Elnora Moye, Trade Program Assistant. [FR Doc. 2013–30751 Filed 12–24–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: Notice of an Open Meeting. The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC) will meet via conference call on January 23, 2014 to consider and vote on proposed recommendations from the U.S. Competitiveness, Trade Policy, Finance and Trade Promotion Subcommittees that address issues affecting U.S. competitiveness in exporting renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) products and services. DATES: January 23, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via conference call. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Mulholland, Office of Energy and Environmental Technologies Industries (OEEI), International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce at (202) 482–4693; email: ryan.mulholland@trade.gov. This conference call is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to OEEI at (202) 482–4693 at least 3 working days prior to the event. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The Secretary of Commerce established the RE&EEAC pursuant to his discretionary authority and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) on June 19, 2012. The RE&EEAC provides the Secretary of Commerce with consensus advice from the private sector on the development and administration of programs and policies to enhance the international competitiveness of the U.S. RE&EE industries. The RE&EEAC held its first meeting on February 20, 2013 and several subsequent meetings throughout 2013. The Committee’s charter expires June 18, 2014. The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public wishing to attend the conference call must notify Mr. Ryan Mulholland at the contact information above by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, January 20, in order to preregister and receive call-in instructions. Please specify any request for reasonable accommodation by Monday, January 20. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Any member of the public may submit pertinent written comments concerning the RE&EEAC’s affairs at any time before or after the meeting. Comments may be submitted to ryan.mulholland@trade.gov or to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, Office SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Japan-U.S. Decommissioning and Remediation Fukushima Recovery 
Forum Tokyo, Japan February 18-19, 2014

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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Event Description

    The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade 
Administration (ITA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of 
Energy, is organizing a Japan-United States Decommissioning and 
Remediation Fukushima Recovery Forum (``Fukushima Recovery Forum'') on 
February 18-19 in Tokyo, Japan. The Fukushima Recovery Forum will be a 
venue for U.S. firms to hear from Japanese Ministries and commissioning 
entities on plans for Fukushima Recovery and for U.S. and Japanese 
firms to share experiences, expertise, and lessons learned in 
remediation and decommissioning, including on work underway at 
Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station, and in Tohoku, the area 
affected by the accident at Fukushima. U.S. firms will also be given an 
opportunity to network with Japanese firms and identify potential 
business partners. ITA hopes that this cooperation between the U.S. and 
Japanese private sectors will lead to solutions that will enhance 
Fukushima recovery efforts. ITA is seeking the participation of a 
maximum of approximately 25 U.S. companies that produce technology or 
provide services in the decommissioning or remediation sector, 
including water treatment and waste management. The U.S. Department of 
Commerce's Global Markets and U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (CS) 
will also be available in Tokyo to provide its export counseling 
services to participating companies.
    Support for the Fukushima Recovery Forum was confirmed at the 2nd 
meeting of the U.S-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear 
Cooperation. The Bilateral Commission serves as a senior-level, 
standing forum for consultations on mutual issues of concern, to 
further strengthen bilateral cooperation and to advance shared interest 
in the area of civil nuclear cooperation. The Bilateral Commission is 
chaired by the Department of Energy and Japan's Ministry of Economy, 
Trade, and Industry (METI). There are five working groups under the 
Bilateral Commission to coordinate bilateral cooperation in the areas 
of civil nuclear energy research and development, the decommissioning 
of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station, environmental 
management, emergency management, nuclear security, and safety and 
regulatory issues.
    The Decommissioning and Environmental Management Working Group 
(DEMWG) under the Bilateral Commission addresses the long-term 
consequences of the Fukushima accident, including facility

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decommissioning, spent fuel storage, decontamination, and remediation 
of contaminated areas. The Fukushima Recovery Forum is under the 
auspices of the DEMWG to further industry cooperation in support of 
Fukushima Recovery efforts.

Event Goals

    The Fukushima Recovery Forum is an event to bring U.S. and Japanese 
private sector firms in the remediation, decommissioning, and waste 
management industries together to develop relationships that will 
assist with the recovery of the Fukushima region. The Forum is intended 
to be:
     A venue for U.S. firms to meet key Japanese officials 
involved in the planning of decommissioning, remediation, and other 
work related to Fukushima Recovery.
     A venue where U.S. and Japanese firms can share 
experiences, expertise, and lessons learned in remediation and 
decommissioning, including on work already completed at Fukushima Dai-
ichi, and in Tohoku.
     A venue where U.S. and Japanese firms can discuss key 
technical challenges related to Fukushima clean-up and nuclear 
decommissioning.
     A venue to foster collaboration between the U.S. and 
Japanese private sector to solve other challenges related to 
remediation and decommissioning.
     An opportunity for companies from both the United States 
and Japan to network, build relationships and identify partners for 
current projects and potential joint future work.

Event Scenario

    On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan and led to a 
series of events at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station in 
which several units and their adjacent spent fuel pools experienced 
beyond-design-basis accidents. The four reactors at the site (Units 1-
4) that received the brunt of the damage (of the six reactors at the 
site) also have integral spent fuel pools containing significant 
amounts of spent nuclear fuel, which were also damaged by the disaster 
and the subsequent explosions. In addition, radioactivity was released 
into the surrounding area, causing thousands of people to be evacuated. 
Japan faces an unprecedented cleanup and decontamination challenge that 
will take many years to resolve as it strives to decommission Fukushima 
Dai-ichi and remediate the surrounding areas.
    The U.S. Government, and specifically the U.S. Department of Energy 
national laboratories, have been involved in numerous exchanges of 
scientific and technical information and expertise with the Government 
of Japan with the intent to find solutions to problems created by the 
accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi related to decommissioning and 
decontamination. The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade 
Administration, with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, has 
proposed the Japan-United States Decontamination and Remediation 
Fukushima Recovery Forum to bring U.S. and Japanese firms together to 
complement the existing exchanges of information and expertise by 
providing an opportunity for coordination between the U.S. and Japanese 
private sectors to find solutions from U.S. firms that would assist 
Japan with its recovery process.
    Participating firms will:
     Receive a briefing on the status of Fukushima Dai-ichi 
decommissioning and decontamination work from relevant officials from 
the Japanese Government and industry.
     Participate in panel or breakout discussions focusing on 
decontamination, remediation and waste management. Firms with 
appropriate experience or technologies will be asked to present during 
these discussions.
     Exchange views on viable solutions to the challenges on 
Fukushima recovery with counterparts from the Japanese private 
sector;nder the CP Program would be two million shares, whereas the 
threshold under the ETP Incentive Program is one million shares).
     Participate in one-on-one networking sessions with 
interested Japanese firms;
     Attend a networking reception with senior leaders from 
Japan's Government and industry hosted by a senior U.S. Government 
representative from the Embassy in Tokyo;
     Take advantage of the Commercial Service in Tokyo's 
business advisory services if desired by the U.S. participant firms and 
should CS Japan resources be able to accommodate such interest.
     There may be an opportunity to participate in an optional 
tour to the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant. This tour would 
incur additional fees.

Proposed Schedule

February 18

    Participate in discussions with U.S. and Japanese firms consisting 
of presentations and discussions on specific aspects of Fukushima 
Recovery, including decommissioning, remediation, waste management, and 
water management.
    Participate in networking opportunities with Japanese firms.
    Attend a networking reception with senior leaders from Japan's 
Government and industry hosted by a senior U.S. Government 
representative from the Embassy in Tokyo.

February 19

    Participate in briefings by Japanese Government and other entities 
on the status of the situation at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power 
Station and surrounding area.
    Participate in one-on-one networking activities coordinated by 
Global Markets and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service.
    Updates to the events related to the Fukushima Recovery Forum can 
be found at: http://export.gov/japan/fukushima/forum/

Participation Requirements

    All parties interested in participating in the Fukushima Recovery 
Forum must complete and submit an application package for consideration 
by the Department of Commerce. All applicants will be evaluated based 
on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the 
selection criteria as outlined below. A maximum of 25 companies will be 
selected to participate in the Business Forum from the applicant pool. 
U.S. companies already doing business in Japan as well as U.S. 
companies seeking to enter to the Japanese market for the first time 
may apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the 
order that they are received.

Fees and Expenses

    After a company has been selected to participate in the Forum, a 
participation fee is required. The participation fee is $930.00 for 
large firms. The participation fee is $665.00 for small or medium-sized 
firms.\1\ Fees will cover the cost for interpreters, a booklet 
containing information about the firms, and the costs for the 
reception.
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    \1\ An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or 
that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations 
(see http://www.sba.gov/size). Parent companies, affiliates, and 
subsidiaries will be considered when determining business size. The 
dual pricing reflects the Commercial Service's user fee schedule 
that became effective May 1, 2008. For additional information, see 
http://www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/initiatives.html
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Exclusions

    The conference fee does not include any personal travel expenses 
such as airfare, lodging, most meals, incidentals,

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and local ground transportation and personal interpreters used during 
the networking sessions. Delegation members will be able to take 
advantage of U.S. Embassy rates for hotel rooms. Business visas may be 
required. Government fees and processing expenses to obtain such visas 
are also not included in the Fukushima Recovery Forum costs. However, 
the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide instructions to each 
participant on the procedures required to obtain necessary business 
visas.

Conditions for Participation

    Applicants must submit a completed mission application signed by a 
company official, together with supplemental application materials, 
including adequate information on the company's products and/or 
services, interest in doing business in Japan, and goals for 
participation by January 15, 2014. If the U.S. Department of Commerce 
receives an incomplete application, the U.S. Department of Commerce may 
reject the application, request additional information, or take the 
lack of information into account in its evaluation.
    Each applicant must also certify that the products or services it 
seeks to export through its participation in the Fukushima Recovery 
Forum are either produced in the United States, or, if not, marketed 
under the name of a U.S. firm and that the promotion of the products or 
services the applicant seeks to export would be consistent with CS's 
statutory mission.

Selection Criteria for Participation

    Selection will be based on the following criteria:
     Suitability of the company's products or services to the 
Japanese decommissioning or remediation sector, including water 
management and waste management;
     The company's potential for business in Japan, including 
likelihood of exports resulting from participation in the Fukushima 
Recovery Forum;
     The company's ability to identify and engage on policy 
issues relevant to U.S. competitiveness in the decontamination or 
remediation sectors in Japan; and
     Consistency of the company's goals and objectives with the 
scope of the Fukushima Recovery Forum.
    Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, industry 
subsector, location, and demographics, may also be considered during 
the review process.
    Referrals from political organizations and any documents containing 
references to partisan political activities (including political 
contributions) will be removed from an applicant's submission and not 
considered during the selection process.

Timeframe for Recruitment and Participation

    Recruitment for the Fukushima Recovery Forum will be conducted in 
an open and public manner, including publication in the Federal 
Register, posting on CS Japan's Web site, notices by industry trade 
associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity through the 
Commercial Service network. Recruitment will begin immediately and 
conclude no later than January 15, 2014. The U.S. Department of 
Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions 
beginning on or about January 6, 2014. Applications received after 
January 15, 2014 will be considered only if space and scheduling 
constraints permit.
    Applications for participation in the Fukushima Recovery Forum are 
available on line at: http://export.gov/japan/fukushima/forum/

DATES: The Fukushima Recovery Forum will take place February 18-19, 
2014. Applications are due no later than January 15, 2014.

Contacts

Danius Barzdukas, Office of East Asia and APEC, International Trade 
Administration, Department of Commerce, Phone: 202-482-1147, email: 
Danius.Barzdukas@trade.gov.
Gregory Briscoe, U.S. Commercial Service Tokyo, International Trade 
Administration, Department of Commerce, Phone: +81-3-3224-5088, email: 
Gregory.Briscoe@trade.gov.
David Kincaid, Designated Federal Officer for the Civil Nuclear Trade 
advisory Committee & Representative of the USG Civil Nuclear 
Coordination Team, International Trade Administration, Department of 
Commerce, Phone: 202-482-1706, email: David.Kincaid@trade.gov.

Elnora Moye,
Trade Program Assistant.
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