Thank you, Chair,

Japan thanks the Secretariat for preparing the Technical Cooperation Report. It provides a comprehensive reader-friendly overview of the IAEA’s wide-ranging technical cooperation (TC) activities with many charts and pictures.

In light of the difficulties imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we note with satisfaction that the Rate of Attainment for the TC Fund (TCF) and the Rate of Implementation in 2021 was higher than the previous year. We highly commend the efforts of the Secretariat in this regard.
The proper management of the TCF is a shared responsibility of the Agency and the Member States. We hope to see greater achievements as the COVID-19 situation improves, and with the Agency’s continued implementation of the Due Account Mechanism.

We strongly support DG Grossi’s initiative for mainstreaming the nuclear technology in the context of Sustainable Development and highly appreciate his tireless endeavor to promote its various benefits of Nuclear Technology in a tangible manner.

Global health is a priority area of Japan’s international development cooperation. Japan considers the Rays of Hope initiative to be a meaningful effort to strengthen the global capability of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. I am very pleased to announce that the Government of Japan has decided to allocate one million euros for Rays of Hope through the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI).
In this context, we welcome recent positive steps toward building broader partnerships between the Secretariat and the Japanese private and academic sector, as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), especially through meeting with various stakeholders during DG Grossi’s recent visit to Japan.

Japan continues to support the NUTEC Plastics initiative. I am pleased that Japanese institutes and experts have been working with the Agency through TC Projects, making full use of the contribution of one million euros that we previously announced. For example, National Institute for Quantum Science and Technology (QST) in Japan received a fellow from the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) this month for the study of electron beam radiation on plastic waste.

Japan continues to place great importance on education and human resource development in the field of nuclear science and technology (NST). We are pleased that Japanese experts continue to play a central role in the project entitled “Educating Secondary Students and Science Teachers on NST” and hope to see their expanded contribution in the tertiary level education through International NST Academy (INSTA).

Finally, let me celebrate the 50th anniversary of the RCA, the regional TC framework in the Asia Pacific Region. Japan believes and reiterates that the ownership by RCA member states of the programme and due process according to a well-established procedure is of atmost importance for the success of RCA.
With regard to the establishment of a new RCA Scholarship programme mentioned in section C.2.3 of the 2021 Technical Cooperation Report, we recall, at the 44th RCA National Representatives Meeting in April 2022, RCA member states merely requested a feasibility study of the proposed scholarship programme to be conducted. Thus, we would like to request the Secretariat that this fact should be duly reflected in the Technical Cooperation Report and the 2021 RCA Annual Report. Accordingly, we support the revised text proposed by Australian delegation and hope that the Board would adopt the TC Report as such. We wish further success for the activities of the RCA in the next 50 years with the Member States’ strong ownership and adequate support.

With these comments, Japan takes note of the Agency’s Technical Cooperation Report for 2021 contained in GOV/2022/19.

Thank you, Chair.