It could be. A bunch of major Japanese technology companies seem to be getting in on the act.
The latest is Hitachi.
They're teaming up with GE in their nuclear operations, which would include as a matter of course, the ESBWR.
Only recently, Toshiba bought Westinghouse from BNFL, which gives them a hand in the ever more popular AP-1000.
And Mitsubishi are getting involved with Areva.
How long before AECL starts seeing Japanese partnership?