Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Implementation of Integrated Safeguards by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Japan's Nuclear Activities

September 14, 2004

  1. Japan welcomes the notification from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that from September 15 it will implement integrated safeguards to Japan's nuclear activities.

  2. The IAEA's decision is based on the broader safeguards conclusion reached at the IAEA Board of Governors meeting in June this year that, as a result of verification activities based on its comprehensive safeguards agreement and additional protocol, there was neither indication of the diversion of nuclear material placed under safeguards nor indication of undeclared nuclear material or activities in Japan. Japan is the first case in which integrated safeguards are implemented to a state with large-scale nuclear activities, and it is extremely significant in that regard.

  3. Under the current international situation, where the demand for the IAEA safeguards is on the increase, it is becoming increasingly important for the IAEA to improve the efficiency of its safeguards activities through the effective use of its limited safeguards resources. The implementation of integrated safeguards is also beneficial from such a viewpoint.

  4. Japan intends to cooperate proactively with the IAEA safeguards activities and continue its cooperation with the IAEA to further strengthen and improve the efficiency of the IAEA's safeguards activities, with a view to securing maximum transparency of its nuclear activities.

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