Event and Exhibition hosted by Head of Japanese Delegation on the occasion of the 59th IAEA General Conference- -Demonstration of Japanese Food Culture and Reconstruction of the Tohoku Region and Fukushima


On September 14th, an event and an exhibition hosted by Head of Japanese Delegation Dr. Yoshiaki Oka (Chairman of Japan Atomic Energy Commission, Cabinet Office) took place on the occasion of the 59th IAEA General Conference. About 250 people participated in the reception, including a number of heads of Delegations of IAEA Member States, Ambassadors of Permanent Missions in Vienna, senior staffs of the IAEA and UNSCEAR, Japanese staffs of International Organizations in Vienna, and members of the press.
Dr. Oka delivered his welcoming remarks and expressed his sincere appreciation for the heartwarming support and encouragement extended to Japan from all over the world, and touched upon the current progress on reconstruction in the Tohoku region struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake. He also mentioned the Japanese strict food safety standards and measures to address various reputational damages regarding the foods from three disaster-affected prefectures (prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate). He made a toast with Japanese Sake produced from these areas.
At the event, a variety of reconstruction-related events took place including the demonstration of foods from the affected areas, Sushi tasting, the panel/DVD demonstration related to reconstruction activities in the affected areas, the food safety measures, and recovery efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Handcraft goods made in Fukushima were also exhibited. These demonstration and exhibition helped deepen the participants’ understanding about reconstruction activities and efforts. Dr. Oka also encouraged Japanese staffs who are working at international organizations in Vienna.
For the preparations of this event, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) has extended its support for the import procedures of the foods from the three prefectures in the Tohoku region.

1  Foods made in the affected areas
  • Karinto Fried-dough (Fukushima)