Taming fusion

­Osamu Motojima – Director General, ITER Organization

Nuclear energy is an integral part of most people’s lives today. Nuclear plants generate nearly 15% of the world’s electricity, and are much cleaner than most other energy sources… in case nothing serious happens. Scientists work hard to prevent disasters like those in Chernobyl and Fukushima. But some think it’s needed to totally change the approach to nuclear power – and use fusion instead of fission. But isn’t it mere science fiction? We’ll we really see fusion power plants constructed in the near future? We’re asking Osamu Motojima – director-general of the ITER project, which is building the world's largest and most advanced nuclear fusion reactor.