Thank you, Madam Chair,
Japan would like to express its appreciation for the efforts of the Secretariat in drafting the Annual Report for 2019. Despite the unexpected passing of DG Amano last year, the Agency has performed its mandate. Under the leadership of DG Grossi, the Agency has continued its safeguards activities while also working to address all COVID-19 related challenges. We also commend the Agency for its expeditious and effective support to countries affected by COVID-19.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Japan highlights the significant role that the IAEA plays in the fields of non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The postponement of the Review Conference does not make issues any less urgent. We are fully committed to the ongoing discussions and contributing to achieving meaningful outcomes.
Since the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, Japan has been consistently working with the IAEA to strengthen international cooperation in nuclear safety, while recovering and drawing on lessons learned from the experience. Once again, this year the Fukushima IAEA-CBC will host international workshops on monitoring in emergency situations. Japan also received a visit of the IRRS Follow-up Mission to further improve its nuclear safety regulations.
Japan supports the central role of the IAEA in the area of nuclear security. Based on the achievements from the ICONS2020 conference as well as concrete cooperation on IAEA projects, it is important to deepen further understanding and collaboration among all Member States in this area.
Japan is convinced that “The Yukiya Amano Laboratories”, which have just been inaugurated, will contribute to the progress and prosperity of the lives of many people around the world. The government of Japan, together with other Member States, will continue to strongly support the IAEA’s initiative to this end.
Last but not least, Japan welcomes the endeavors of the Secretariat to achieve gender parity, including its updated action plan and new guidelines. Finally, let us reiterate our firm support for the IAEA Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship initiative.
Thank you, Madam Chair.