Seminar on Strengthening Nuclear Security in Asian Countries

January 19, 2010

  1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, jointly with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will hold a "Seminar on Strengthening Nuclear Security in Asian Countries" on January 21 (Thu) and 22 (Fri) in Tokyo (Hotel New Otani).

  2. Government officials from 17 Asian countries (the ten ASEAN members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam; plus China, Japan, the ROK, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) will attend this event. Specialists from Australia and the United States will also attend it as speakers. Mr. Kaoru Naito, President of the Nuclear Material Control Center (NMCC), will act as the chair to this seminar. Mr. Tetsuro Fukuyama, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, will deliver the opening speech.

  3. In 2006, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a seminar on the same subject jointly with the IAEA. The upcoming event is the result of a proposal made at this previous seminar for a follow-up event to be held a few years later. During the upcoming seminar, the participating countries will conduct a review of measures to strengthen nuclear security which were implemented after the previous seminar. There will also be discussions and exchanges of opinions regarding topics including areas that need to be addressed even further in the future.

  4. After the conclusion of the seminar (scheduled for around 4:00 pm on January 22 [Fri]), at the banquet room “Sirius” of the Hotel New Otani (where the seminar will be held), there will be a briefing directed towards members of the media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) regarding an overview of the seminar.