Deposit of the Instrument of Acceptance of the “Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material”
June 28, 2014
1. On June 28 (local time: June 27), Japan deposited the instrument of acceptance of the “Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material” with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the Headquarters of the IAEA in Vienna.
2. This Amendment provides that each State party shall, in addition to physical protection of nuclear material while in international transport, establish a physical protection regime applicable to nuclear material and nuclear facilities under its jurisdiction, in order to achieve and maintain worldwide effective physical protection of nuclear material and nuclear facilities used for peaceful purposes.
3. Japan has continuously made efforts to enhance nuclear security domestically and internationally, and also engaged actively in the making of this Amendment. Japan will continue to play a leading role toward the early entry into force and the effective implementation of this Amendment.
1. This Amendment was adopted on July 8, 2005 at Vienna. The Government of Japan obtained the Diet approval for its acceptance on June 4, 2014.
2. The number of the States Parties to this Amendment as of June 27, 2014 is 77, including Japan. This Amendment will become effective on the thirtieth day after the date on which two thirds of the States Parties to the Convention* have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval with the depositary.
* Two thirds of the States Parties to the Convention (148) are 99 states (as of June 27, 2014).