Statement by Minister Hirotaka Matsuo at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on 11 September 2017, Item 5: Strengthening the Agency’s activities related to nuclear science, technology and applications

Thank you, Mr. Chair,
Japan continues to strongly support a wide range of Agency’s activities in applications of nuclear science and technology based on Director General Yukiya Amano’s initiative “Atoms for Peace and Development”.  Japan is committed to working with the international community to advance the effort aimed at achieving SDGs. In doing so, Japan will fully utilize its knowledge and experiences in peaceful use of nuclear science and technology in both power and non-power applications, such as human health, including cancer control, food and agriculture, water management and the environment. Japan believes that the Agency can play a significant role in this respect with its expertise in nuclear science and technology. We wish to stress the importance of building and strengthening human and financial partnership with various stakeholders, and of raising awareness of Agency’s activities in development cooperation, with a view to further enhancing Agency’s ability to assist Member States in their pursuit of SDGs achievement. Japan will further support this endeavor by strengthening cooperation between the Agency and organizations in Japan such as universities, research institutes, municipalities and private companies.
Mr. Chair,
As a major contributor to the ReNuAL project, Japan welcomes the progress in the construction of IPCL and FML in accordance with the defined schedule, as reported in the document GOV/2017/30.
Regarding ReNuAL+, we welcome the funding achievement of over 6 million Euros as a result of vigorous activities by the Secretariat and the Friends of ReNuAL. At the same time, we should all be mindful the fundraising target by this September remains unfulfilled. Japan wishes to emphasize that, in order to advance the ReNuAL as a whole,  support and involvement by a larger number of countries and organizations are essential. With regard to the procurement of relevant equipment under the ReNuAL+, we commend the Secretariat’s effort for, and tangible results achieved in, the partnership building with non-traditional donors. Japan will continue to support these activities.
Mr. Chair,
Through its experience of dealing with natural disasters, Japan has accumulated knowledge and expertise in preparedness and response, as well as measures to prevent them and mitigate their effects. In February, Japan provided a PUI support to an IAEA project designed to build capacity related to Non Destructive Testing, or NDT, in Asia and the Pacific where such disasters frequently occur and cause tremendous damages. The NDT techniques can be applied to measure the strength of public infrastructure in the aftermath of such disasters. In July and August, the first meeting under this project was held in Fukushima, and experts and officials from the region, including those from Japan, actively participated to discuss concrete plans for implementation of this project. Japan continues to transfer its own knowledge and expertise in disaster preparedness and response including through this project.
With these comments, Japan takes note of the Director General’s report contained in document GOV/2017/30.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.