Accession to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management

August 26, 2003

  1. On August 26 (Tue), the Government of Japan, at a Cabinet Meeting, decided to accede to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. Pursuant to this decision, Japan will, on the same day, deposit the instrument of accession with the Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

  2. The draft of this Convention was discussed at the Meetings of Group of Technical and Legal experts, which were held seven times from July 1995 and was adopted at a Diplomatic Conference held in September 1997 in Vienna.

  3. The Convention came into force on June 18, 2001, and for Japan, it will enter into force on the ninetieth day (November 24) after the date of deposit. As of August 5, there were 31 Contracting Parties including the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany and Canada of the G8 major countries. Japan will be the 33rd Contracting Party following Australia, which deposited its instrument of accession on August 5 and will become a Contracting Party on November 3.

  4. This Convention is intended to achieve a high level of safety worldwide in spent fuel and radioactive waste management, for example, obligating the contracting Parties to establish a legal framework for controlling the safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management. Japan's accession to this Convention is significant in terms of contributing to an international effort to achieve the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste.
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