Thank you, Madam Chair,

Japan thanks the Secretariat for drafting the comprehensive and highly readable Annual Report for 2020.

We commend the leadership of DG Grossi and the dedication of the Agency staff for continuing safeguards and other important activities despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and maintaining the relevance of the Agency.

Madam Chair,

In nuclear verification, Japan attaches importance to the efforts to facilitate the conclusion of safeguards agreements and APs, as well as the amendment or rescission of SQPs. We welcome that, following the last year’s Board of Governors approval, one CSA with a revised SQP and an AP entered into force in April this year, bringing down the numbers of NPT Non-Nuclear Weapon States Parties that is yet to bring CSAs into force from ten to nine.

Nuclear safety is essential in promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. In order to contribute to the enhancement of global nuclear safety, Japan will continue to support the activities of IAEA RANET Capacity Building Center in Fukushima, and also assist the development of infrastructure and human resources in countries introducing nuclear power plants. Domestically, Japan will endeavor to further improve the regulatory framework based on the recommendations of the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) follow-up missions and implementing the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Joint Convention.

Japan also expresses its gratitude for the close cooperation of the IAEA in the field of decommissioning of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. As for the recent development, we will provide more explanations in the last item on the agenda.

Japan supports the central role of the IAEA in the area of nuclear security. We would like to stress the importance of deepening understanding and collaboration among Member States in this area, based on the achievements from the ICONS 2020 conference, as well as cooperation in various IAEA projects.

Madam Chair,

This report illustrates with concrete examples that the IAEA is playing a leading role in the fields of nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy, which are two of the three pillars of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Japan hopes that the activities of the IAEA will be duly highlighted at the 10th Review Conference of the NPT.

Lastly, Japan welcomes the continued efforts by the Secretariat to achieve gender parity and gender mainstreaming. We were encouraged to see the successful launch of the IAEA Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship initiative as one of the contributors.

Thank you, Madam Chair.