Japan’s Participation in the Response Assistance Network (RANET) of the International Atomic Energy Agency

June 18, 2010

  1. On June 18 (Friday), Japan registered its participation in the Response Assistance Network (RANET) established at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a framework for international support in the case of a nuclear accident or radiological emergency.

  2. The RANET was set up in 2005 to support the implementation of the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, which enter into force in 1986 and 1987, respectively. RANET participating countries are supposed to register their domestic organizations, which can provide expert advice and other assistance in various fields, including medical support and environmental monitoring, at the request of aid-seeking countries.

  3. As domestic organizations that provide advice and other assistance to the countries concerned under the RANET, Japan has registered the three bodies: the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) and Hiroshima University. With its participation in the RANET, Japan will contribute further to promoting nuclear safety worldwide by taking advantage of its capabilities and expertise as an advanced nuclear energy country.