Thank you, Madam Chair,

Japan highly commends the Governments of Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone, as well as the Secretariat, for their efforts to prepare the texts of their additional protocols. Japan invites the two countries to bring their APs into force at an early date before the 10th NPT Review Conference.

It is essential to universalize comprehensive safeguards agreements and additional protocols as the international verification standard in further strengthening the global non-proliferation regime under the NPT.

Japan has been making consistent efforts to advance global understanding of additional protocols in cooperation with likeminded countries. We have been supporting the capacity building for regulatory officers in other countries, by utilizing our own experience and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Fund.

Japan remains committed to play an active role in this area in cooperation with the Secretariat and other countries.

With these comments, Japan supports the recommended action in document GOV/2021/21 and GOV/2021/30.

Thank you, Madam Chair.