Statement by Minister Hirotaka Matsuo at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on 10 June 2019: Agenda Item 2: Annual Report for 2018

Thank you, Madam Chair,

At the outset, Japan would like to express its sincere appreciation for the effort of the Secretariat to draft the Annual Report for 2018. The Report provides a useful overview of the wide range of activities carried out by the Agency in the past year. I would like to take this opportunity to make remarks on some of the activities by the IAEA.

Madam Chair,

Mr. Kiyoto Tsuji, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan participated in the Third preparatory committee of the 2020 NPT Review Conference held in New York from the end of April to May. In his statement, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Tsuji emphasized that the NPT is the cornerstone of the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime, and Japan is committed to achieving a successful outcome toward 2020 Review Conference. In this connection, I wish to stress the important role of the IAEA in maintaining and strengthening the NPT regime, through its work in nuclear non-proliferation and promotion of peaceful use. We are fully committed to continue cooperating with the Agency.

Madam Chair,

Nuclear safety is essential for the peaceful uses of atomic energy. Using this opportunity, I would like to touch upon the activities of Japan and IAEA in the area of nuclear safety. In this area, Japan is consistently working with the IAEA in order to strengthen international cooperation, drawing on the lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi Accident.

Given that the number of embarking countries is increasing, it is important that the experience and knowledge on Emergency Preparedness and Response are shared among the international community. Since its establishment, the Fukushima IAEA-CBC has played a significant role. This year, the CBC in Fukushima will host several international workshops, each focused on the RANET training, on the development of protection strategy for radiological emergencies, and on monitoring in emergency situations.

Madam Chair,

Nuclear Security, together with nuclear safety and safeguards, is an important foundation for the responsible and sustainable use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. These measures are the integral elements which enable the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Therefore, it is important to deepen these understandings among all related Member States through concrete cooperation in the field of IAEA projects.

The IAEA plays a central role in taking the initiative and coordinating the promotion of international cooperation in the area of nuclear security. Japan has supported and will continue to support the IAEA’s activities. In this regard, Japan will contribute constructively in the “International Conference on Nuclear Security (ICON 2020)” which will be organized by the IAEA in February 2020.

Thank you, Madam Chair.