Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the Board of Governors Meeting starting on 7 March 2016 Item 3(a): Nuclear Technology Review 2016

Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Japan recognizes that nuclear science and technology has been playing a unique and important role in addressing a variety of global challenges, such as development and climate change. Japan attaches great importance to the Agency’s activities in this area, and acknowledges with satisfaction that a number of tangible outcomes have been achieved through the Director General Amano’s initiative “Atoms for Peace and Development.” We believe that this initiative has significantly promoted peaceful uses of nuclear technology in the areas of human health and nutrition, food and agriculture, water management and environmental protection.
The adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UN General Assembly and the Paris Agreement at the COP 21 last year have created significant momentum for the global endeavor for sustainable development. While the IAEA possesses unique nuclear technologies for power and non-power applications to contribute to such endeavor, more should be done to further strengthen the role of the Agency.  In this regard, we expect the Secretariat to accelerate resource mobilization and raising-awareness efforts in cooperation with the Member States.
Mr. Chair,
Japan strongly supports the Director General’s initiative “Atoms for Peace and Development”. Thus, Japan has supported the Agency’s activities including human resource development and capacity building through the Peaceful Uses Initiative, in addition to our contribution to the full share of TCF on time. In the past five years, Japan has contributed more than 15 million US dollars to Agency’s activities through the PUI.
We believe that benefits from the Agency’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology should be enjoyed by as many people as possible in all regions of the world. And we recognize that the TC programme is at the core of Agency’s activities to that end. In this context, we are pleased to announce our decision to allocate about 750 thousand US dollars from our PUI commitment to 5 regional TC projects, namely two cancer therapy projects in Africa as well as Latin America and the Caribbean, one water management project in Middle East, one food safety project in Asia and Pacific, and one mosquito control project in Europe. Japan will cooperate with the Secretariat and interested Member States to identify more projects to support, in order to maximize benefits delivered through the PUI-funding.
Mr. Chair,
Japan will host the G7 Ise-Shima Summit this May, and co-host 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICADVI in Kenya, in cooperation with African countries this August. We believe that such high-profile international conferences are extremely important for raising awareness of the IAEA’s activities, especially in the context of developmental agenda. In this regard, Japan will support the Agency’s active involvement in these conferences to raise its profile for the benefit of all Member States.
With these comments, Japan takes note of the Agency’s Nuclear
Technology Review 2016 contained in GOV/2016/03.

Thank you, Mr. Chair.
The Practical Export Control Workshop was hosted by the Wassenaar Arrangement as part of its 20th Anniversary programs and held at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna on 27 and 28 June 2016. More than 100 government representatives from 46 countries participated in the technically focused Practical Workshop.
Workshop speakers included the 2016 WA Plenary Chair Ambassador Anu Laamanen (Finland), 2016 WA General Working Group Chair Ambassador Paul Beijer (Sweden), 2015-2016 WA Experts Group Chair Robertas Rosinas (Lithuania), 2016 WA Licensing and Enforcement Officers Meeting Chair Jon Erik Strömö (Norway), as well as the Head of the WA Secretariat, Ambassador Philip Griffiths. The WA control lists as well as export licensing and enforcement topics were covered during the two days.
The following link from WA’s webpage contains more details: