Statement by Ambassador HIKIHARA Takeshi at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on Monday, 14 September 2020: Item 5: Nuclear and radiation safety


Thank you, Madame Chair,

Japan highly appreciates the activities of the Secretariat highlighted in the report, GOV/2020/35 ‘Nuclear and Radiation Safety’. We would like to commend the Agency’s efforts in this regard.

Efforts to Ensure Nuclear and Radiation Safety

Madame Chair,

In ensuring nuclear safety, it is necessary to continue efforts for effective implementation of international legal frameworks.
Regarding the conventions related to nuclear safety, we welcome the results of the Tenth Meeting in June this year of the representatives of Competent Authorities identified under the Early Notification Convention and the Assistance Convention. Japan will share its regulatory activities and participate in discussions proactively with other Member States at next year’s review meetings of the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Joint Convention.

We believe the Agency’s peer review services are a helpful way for Member States to improve their nuclear safety and security.
For this reason, Japan received an IRRS follow-up mission in January this year, and we hope other Member States will also actively
utilize the Agency’s peer review services.

Emergency preparedness and response is one of the most important areas in which further international cooperation should be strengthen.
In this regard, the IAEA RANET Capacity Building Center in Fukushima prefecture will continue to host international workshops on monitoring in emergency situations. Japan hopes these activities will contribute to the enhanced emergency preparedness and response as well as communication with the Agency.

Current Status of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi NPS

Madame Chair,

Regarding TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Japan has been providing the Secretariat with updated comprehensive information, as well as the results of environmental monitoring, the progress of decontamination, and the monitoring of food products. All this information, together with the Secretariat’s comments, is available on the IAEA website, which was updated just last week to the latest version.

Japan continues to actively disseminate information on the progress of the aftermath of the Fukushima Accident in a transparent manner, based on scientific evidence. We hope this effort will help the international community better understand the situation of decommissioning of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and the progress of the reconstruction work in Fukushima prefecture. It will also contribute to securing transparency and improving communication in nuclear safety as a whole.

With these comments, Japan takes note of the report and the revised Process for Sharing of Information as to States’ Implementation of the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and its Supplementary Guidance contained in GOV/2020/35.

Thank you, Madame Chair.