Second Meeting of the Japan-Belarus Joint Committee for the Cooperation to Advance Aftermath Response to be Held
March 25, 2015
1. On March 30, the Second Meeting of the Japan-Belarus Joint Committee for the Cooperation to Advance Aftermath Response will be held in Tokyo.
2. From the Japanese side, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed by Mr. Akira Muto, Deputy Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau; the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF); the Reconstruction Agency; the Ministry of the Environment (MOE); the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); as well as officials from the Secretariat of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, Tokyo Electric Power Company, and Nagasaki University are scheduled to attend the meeting. From the Belarusian side, officials from the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus headed by Mr. Vladimir Chernikov, Chief of the Department of Mitigation of the Consequences of the Catastrophe at the Chernobyl NPP, and other government officials from the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus are scheduled to attend the meeting.
3. In this meeting, discussions will be held on the approaches and efforts taken for reconstruction on or after the first meeting in 2013 with Belarus, which experienced an accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station.
4. The Japan-Belarus Joint Committee for the Cooperation to Advance Aftermath Response held its first meeting in Minsk, Belarus, in July 2013 on the basis of the “Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of Belarus concerning Cooperation to Advance Aftermath Response to Accidents at Nuclear Power Stations” concluded in December 2012 and the second meeting is scheduled to be held in Tokyo. It is expected that cooperative relations between the two countries following the nuclear power plant accidents will further progress through this meeting.