Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Takeaki Matsumoto receives courtesy call by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

March 18, 2011

  1. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Takeaki Matsumoto received the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mr. Yukiya Amano today.

  2. In the meeting, Director General Amano stated the following:
    (1) I offer my sincerest condolences for the bereaved and many who lost their lives in the 2011 Tohoku – Pacific Ocean Earthquake. I believe Japan is doing absolutely everything possible to contain the accident at the nuclear power plant. There is heightened interest within the international community on the accident. The IAEA is also making its best efforts to address the issue.
    (2) We are concerned about the state of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
    (3) The international community has voiced offers of support through the IAEA which the IAEA is ready to coordinate. In addition to the dispatched team of IAEA experts, the IAEA is ready to offer any kind of support.
    (4) With regard to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the IAEA has been receiving information from Japan, but the situation on the ground has been shifting swiftly and we would like to strengthen our coordination with Japan.

  3. Foreign Minister Matsumoto stated the following:
    (1) We are grateful to the IAEA for dispatching an expert team for radiological measurement. We will establish an effective system to receive the team.
    (2) While the earthquake has caused tremendous damage, the Government and people of Japan are united in addressing this issue, under the leadership of Prime Minister Kan.
    (3) To contain the incident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the Government is mobilising and bringing together every single resource available.
    (4) We will strive to provide to the IAEA and the international community with necessary information and ensure transparency.

  4. Foreign Minister Matsumoto and Director General Amano then held an exchange of views on the situation at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and confirmed that Japan and the IAEA would continue working closely.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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