Statement by Minister Hirotaka Matsuo at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on 11 September 2017, Item 3(a): Measures to Strengthen International Cooperation in Nuclear, Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Japan has a plenty of experience regarding nuclear technology gained from the operation of a large number of nuclear power plants, including their long term operation and decommissioning, as well as lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.
In the context of the advancement of international cooperation on nuclear technology, including increasing exports of nuclear power plants and related technologies, Japan will actively contribute to international cooperation on nuclear safety.

From this point of view, Japan highly appreciates the activities and efforts of the IAEA Secretariat in the field of nuclear, radiation, transportation and waste safety as compiled in the Director-General report "Measures to Strengthen International Cooperation in Nuclear, Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety" (GOV/2017/28).
Taking into accounts these results, it is important that all Member States further cooperate with the IAEA and continue their efforts to strengthen nuclear safety.
Mr. Chairman,
I would like to make several points regarding this Report, which Japan views as its priorities, together with Japan’s own activities in nuclear safety.
(International Legal Frameworks for Nuclear Safety)
As the Report mentions, it is necessary to strengthen the international legal frameworks for nuclear safety and implement them effectively. In this regard, Japan encourages those Member States which have not yet done so, to join the conventions related to nuclear safety.
The 6th Review Meeting of the Joint Convention will be held next year. We expect that the meeting will contribute to further strengthening nuclear safety, by providing opportunities for Contracting Parties to conduct a peer review of their experiences in nuclear regulation, based on their respective national reports.
Japan for its part will submit a detailed report on its regulatory activities and proactively participate in a peer review with other Contracting Parties.
(Emergency Preparedness and Response)
Mr. Chairman,
In the context of the increasing number of countries developing and introducing nuclear programmes, emergency preparedness and response is one of the most important areas that requires further international cooperation.
We would like to highlight that the IAEA RANET Capacity Building Centre in Fukushima (CBC) has played a key role in this area by hosting many workshops and exercises on emergency preparedness and response. It is making important contributions by building capacity of participants in their countries and by establishing networks to be established between Member States. In addition, participants were given the opportunity to visit the facilities related to the Fukushima Daiichi accidents. They can also see the remediation progress in Fukushima, and we believe sharing this knowledge is particularly very important for those countries with plans to introduce nuclear technology.
Japan recognizes the important role of the Fukushima-IAEA-CBC, and Japan is positively considering our continuing support of its activities.
(Public Communication /Current Situation of Fukushima Daiichi NPP)
Mr. Chairman,
I wish to stress that, in the peaceful use of nuclear technology, communication with the public in a transparent manner, based on scientific evidence, is essential.
In this respect, Japan has expanded a great deal of effort in providing information on decommissioning and decontamination after the Fukushima Daiichi accident, and has promoted the understanding of radiation effects to health.
Japan has also been providing the IAEA Secretariat with updated information on the progress of the recovery operation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in a comprehensive and timely manner. This information, together with the Secretariat’s comments, is available on the IAEA website.
Japan will continue to provide information in an appropriate manner. I hope these activities will improve communication with the public on nuclear safety.
With these comments, Japan takes note of the report contained in GOV/2017/28.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.