IAEA6月理事会(議題15: その他(事務局長訪日、ALPS処理水))ステートメント(引原毅大使)(英語)

Thank you, Mr. Chair,
On Monday, we have listened to DG Grossi mentioning his recent visit to Japan in his introductory statement to this Board. I would like to convey on behalf of the Government of Japan, and on my own behalf, my most sincere gratitute to the Director General for visiting Japan in his busy schedule last month. It was indeed a fruitful visit, with a courtesy call on Prime Minister KISHIDA, meetings with Foreign Minister HAYASHI, METI Minister HAGIUDA and other political leaders, as well as various very substantial meetings and programmes.
During his visit, Japan expressed its high appreciation and support to the Director General’s efforts to ensure the safety of nuclear facilities in Ukraine. As an immediate response to the situation, Foreign Minister HAYASHI pledged a total of 2 million euros to support  particularly urgent projects, such as dispatch of IAEA experts to the field or provision of related equipment.
Minister HAYASHI also announced support of 1 million euros for the Rays of Hope initiative. Furthermore, METI Minister HAGIUDA pledged a contribution of 1 million euros for the Marie Slodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme as the second Japanese financial contribution to this programme, to increase the representation of women in the nuclear field.
Through the series of Director General's meetings with various stakeholders in Japan, including JICA, radiation therapy-related organizations and companies, the new partnerships were being facilitated in peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Mr. Chair,
I would also like to provide an update since the last board meeting in March regarding the ALPS treated water.
On the side of the IAEA review process, in March, the Agency sent a Regulatory Review Mission to Japan. In April, the Agency published a progress report on the February review of the safety related aspects of handling of the ALPS treated water. In May, during his stay in Japan, DG Grossi visited Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, and noted the “remarkable progress on decommissioning of the NPS” since his last visit two years ago. He also said, “The IAEA is committed to providing a thorough safety review before, during and after the release of treated water and to carry out the IAEA’s work in an objective and transparent manner” and "we the IAEA will be able to ascertain that once discharge of processed water goes into the Pacific Ocean, it will be done in full conformity with the international standards and therefore it will not cause any harm to the environment.”
In parallel with the IAEA review process, steady progress has been made in Japan. In April, Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings re-submitted the revision of the application for approval to amend the implementation plan for Fukushima Daiichi NPS to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) of Japan. In May, the NRA compiled and announced the draft review result document on the application to solicit public comments. In this process, the findings and observations of the IAEA Task Force has been duly reflected.
Japan highly evaluates the professional work of the IAEA Task Force Experts, which has been carried out in an objective and transparent manner. We also appreciate the funding support from a number of Member States in this regard.
Japan will continue to provide detailed explanations to the international community based on scientific evidence and with a high level of transparency.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.