November 12, 1980
State Department Telegram 302395 to US Embassy Japan, 'Japanese Reprocessing Plans'
The telegram shows the State Department requesting the US Embassy in Tokyo to learn more about Japanese thinking on a second reprocessing plant and why Japanese MITI and JAERIA held different views on this issue.
November 21, 1980
Department of State Briefing Paper, 'US-Japanese Negotiations on the Tokai-Mura Reprocessing Facility'
The briefing paper describes the Japanese government's reprocessing ability and desire to build the second reprocessing plant to fuel experimental breeder reactor. The State Department wants to resolve safeguards requirements for reprocessing in Japan but agrees that an interim agreement could be reached.
January 15, 1981
State Department Telegram 010144 to US Embassy Japan, 'Tokai-Mura Negotiations Text of Notes'
The telegram notifies the White House reaching an interim agreement with Japan that authorizes Tokai Mura to reprocess fifty more tons of spent fuel to keep the plant operating in exchange of Japan not making any attempts toward establishing a new reprocessing plant before 1 June 1981.