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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will join President Barack Obama at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul on Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27. The Secretary will help highlight the President’s commitment to securing all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years. 

Following the summit, Secretary Chu will visit Tokyo from March 28 to March 30 to highlight the strong partnership between the United States and Japan on international security, economic, and energy issues. During his visit, the Secretary will highlight the strong scientific and business ties between our two nations by meeting with U.S. and Japanese business leaders, and participating in a trilateral workshop on critical materials featuring participants from the United States, Japan and the European Union. 

WHAT:          Energy Secretary Steven Chu to accompany President Obama at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit

WHEN:          Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27      

WHERE:       Seoul, Republic of Korea     

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WHO:      Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary, Department of Energy

Mr. Yukio Edano, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

Mr. Reinhard Bütikofer, Member, European Parliament

Mr. Hans Dietmar Schweistgut, EU Ambassador to Japan

WHAT:   Trilateral EU-Japan-U.S. Workshop on Critical Materials

WHEN:   March 28, 2012 at 4:00 PM         

WHERE: Gakushi- Kaikan

3-28 Kanda-Nishikicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo