IAEA6月理事会(議題2 2023年年次報告)ステートメント(海部篤大使)(英語)

Thank you, Mr. Chair,
Japan thanks the Secretariat for preparing the Annual Report for 2023. We note with satisfaction the Secretariat’s work to make this report more reader-friendly with a modernized appearance and various graphics.
Mr. Chair,

On nuclear technology and technical cooperation, Japan reiterates our firm support with concrete contributions to the various initiatives of the Agency, including Rays of Hope and Atoms4Food. Japan hopes that the Agency will continue to play a central role in promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear technologies in the fields of both nuclear power generation and non-power application.
Japan reiterates our deep appreciation to DG Grossi and the Agency staff for their dedicated efforts to prevent a nuclear accident and ensure nuclear safety and security amid the armed conflict in Ukraine.
We are deeply concerned about the nuclear safety and security situation in Ukraine, particularly at the ZNPP, and Japan supports the Seven Pillars and the five concrete principles as well as the Agency’s role in monitoring the situation and conducting an independent and impartial assessment in the service of the international community.
Japan also commends the Agency for continuously implementing safeguards in Ukraine in accordance with its CSA and AP.
Mr. Chair,
Nuclear safety is essential in promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.  My country is fully committed to IAEA Safety Standards. With our unequivocal obedience to the CNS, the Joint Convention, safety related conventions and Codes of Conduct, Japan strives to improve the regulatory framework through steadfast implementation.
Supporting the central role of the Agency in nuclear security, Japan emphasizes the importance of the full implementation and the universalization of the A/CPPNM. With regard to the recent meeting of ICONS, we highly appreciate the tireless efforts of the Secretariat and leadership of the Co-presidents of Australia and Kazakhstan.
In the area of nuclear verification, Japan attaches importance to the universalization of CSAs and APs as well as the amendment or rescission of SQPs. In this regard, Japan welcomes that in 2023, there was a new entry into force of one CSA with SQP and AP, of one AP, and amendment of one SQP.
Moving on to the issue of gender, Japan welcomes the continued efforts by the Secretariat to achieve gender equality, including through the MSCFP and the LMP. Japan appreciates the increase in the representation of women in the Secretariat, in particular in senior management positions, for which the percentage of women has reached a significant milestone – 50%.
Mr. Chair,
On TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, I would like to update the Board with the developments on the discharge of ALPS treated water since the March Board. In doing so, I express my sincere appreciation for the professional work of the Agency led by DG Grossi as well as distinguished delegates here for your continuous support.
As always, the term “contaminated water” is not appropriate. It is the ALPS treated water that Japan discharges.
Since August last year, Japan has been discharging 6 batches of the ALPS treated water. Japan welcomes the Agency’s impartial and active engagement through existing long-term review and multi-layered, robust monitoring with corroborative participation of analytical laboratories worldwide, which has consistently found no anomalies.
In March, DG Grossi visited Japan for the first time since the beginning of the discharge and reaffirmed the Agency’s commitment to ensure that the water will be safely discharged with the presence of the IAEA until the very last drop.
In April, the IAEA Task Force, comprised of IAEA and international experts, also confirmed that the discharge is progressing as planned.
Japan will continue its discharge activities in a transparent manner, based on scientific evidence, engaging with various stakeholders in our region of Asia Pacific and beyond.
And we stress the need to respect and protect the independence and authority of the Agency.
Any attempt to undermine them will cause severe damages to the work of the Agency. My delegation fully supports the proposed draft Annual Report for 2023 which objectively describes the IAEA’s activities on this topic.

Mr. Chair,
With these comments, Japan is ready to join consensus in the submission of the draft Annual Report for 2023 as is written in GOV/2024/11 to the General Conference.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.