Nomination of Mr. Yukiya Amano, Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, as a Candidate for the position of Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

September 26, 2008

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  1. The Government of Japan has decided to nominate Mr. Yukiya Amano, Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, as a candidate to succeed Dr. Elbaradei, as Director General of the IAEA.  Dr. Elbaradei’s term will expire in November next year.
     
  2. The IAEA plays a crucial role in ensuring nuclear non-proliferation, and in promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy, nuclear safety and security, in addition to technical cooperation.  With nuclear energy being one of the major energy sources in Japan, the IAEA is recognized as a key international organization, with extensive and essential responsibilities in the field of nuclear energy.
     
  3. Ambassador Amano, who previously served as the first-ever Director-General of the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has, over the course of his career-to-date, gained substantial and far-reaching experience in the areas of non-proliferation, disarmament and nuclear energy - related matters, and is now an internationally renowned diplomat.  Ambassador Amano has gained a high reputation for his leadership, having chaired the IAEA Board of Governors between 2005 and 2006, as well as the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 NPT Review Conference in 2007, amongst a number of other international conferences.  The Government of Japan is confident that Ambassador Amano is an ideally-suited candidate to take on the duties and responsibilities of the Director General of the IAEA, and intends to make the utmost effort to gain the support of the international community.
     
  4. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has today established the Election Campaign Headquarters for the Next Director General of the IAEA, which is headed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
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