Thank you, Chair,
Japan thanks the Director General and the Secretariat for the report on this agenda item.
Japan remains deeply concerned about the nuclear safety and security situation in Ukraine, in particular at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). As the Director General reported, the situation “at the ZNPP to be precarious, with all Seven Pillars compromised either fully or partially” and a violation of the first concrete principle had occurred while “remaining principles continued to be at risk”. 
The direct attacks on the site, the presence of anti-personnel mines, armed troops and military equipment and increased military activities are matters of deepening concern. Japan also expresses concern about frequent disconnection of off-site power lines and the other continued challenging issues on ensuring adequate staffing, routine inspection and maintenance, reliable supply chains and on-site emergency arrangements.
Japan firmly supports the Seven Pillars and the five concrete principles as well as the Agency’s role in monitoring the situation and conducting an independent and impartial assessment in the service of the international community. In order to enable the Agency to make its assessment and report, timely and appropriate access as well as open and regular information sharing should be provided to the IAEA Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizhzhia (ISAMZ).
Japan expresses its grave concern that the Russian Federation has not heeded the call of the Board of Governor’s past four resolutions as well as the GC resolution. Russia must immediately and unconditionally withdraw from the entire internationally recognized territory of Ukraine including Ukraine’s ZNPP and the ZNPP should be immediately returned to the full control of the Ukrainian authorities.
 Japan deeply appreciates DG Grossi and the Agency staff for their dedicated efforts pertaining to nuclear safety, security and safeguards during this very difficult situation. The IAEA’s presence on the ground at all of Ukraine’s nuclear sites is essential. Japan commends the Agency for continuing to implement safeguards in Ukraine in accordance with Ukraine’s CSA (Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement) and AP (Additional Protocol).
Japan continues to support IAEA’s work related to Ukraine.
We ask the Director General to continue updating the Board regularly on the situation in Ukraine.
I thank you, Chair.