Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology

March 14, 2024
Photo session
Photo of the meeting

On March 14, commencing at 2 p.m. for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, received a courtesy call from Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi. The Summary of the courtesy call is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida conveyed his gratitude to DG Grossi for his strong commitment to the discharge of ALPS treated water into the sea, and stated that Japan continues to work with the IAEA and broadens the international community's understanding and support for Japan's efforts, with a high level of transparency based on scientific evidence. In response, DG Grossi stated that during his visit to Fukushima yesterday, he confirmed that the discharge of ALPS treated water into the sea is being carried out safely and as planned, in full accordance with international standards, and that the IAEA continues its involvement on this matter.
  2. Prime Minister Kishida also stated that Japan's relationship with the IAEA is not limited to issues related to ALPS treated water, and that the utilization of nuclear technology is one of the effective solutions to various global challenges that the international society is facing, and that Japan would like to work closely with the IAEA, the international authority in the field of nuclear energy, in various fields. In response, DG Grossi expressed his appreciation for Japan's active efforts to promote the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
  3. In addition, Prime Minister Kishida stated that Japan attaches great importance to the NPT/IAEA system as a cornerstone for realistic and practical efforts to realize a world without nuclear weapons. The two sides concurred to continue enhancing the cooperation between Japan and the IAEA in the field of non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

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