The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Operational Experts Group (OEG) Tokyo Meeting

November 2, 2010

  1. Japan hosted the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Operational Experts Group (OEG) meeting for the first time from November 1st (Mon) to 2nd (Tue) in Tokyo (Mita Conference Hall). It was also Japan’s first experience to act as the Chair of the OEG. 21 countries were represented: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan.

  2. On the first day of the meeting, Mr. Hisashi Tokunaga, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, delivered a keynote address. In his address, Mr. Tokunaga stated that the PSI is a vital initiative for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and missiles and related materials. The Parliamentary Vice-Minister also stated that the PSI had evolved into an activity which includes discussion on ways to engage with business and to debate seize and dispose issues to enhance the chances of a successful interdiction. While recognizing the fact that the number of countries supporting the PSI has increased from 11 to 98 in seven years, the Parliamentary Vice-Minister noted that the PSI is at crossroads, faced with ever growing complex proliferation methods. The Parliamentary Vice-Minister expressed his hope that the meeting would produce innovative ideas and constructive dialogue which will pave the path forward for the PSI.