Parliamentary Vice-Minister Shunsuke Takei Receives a Courtesy Call from International Atomic Energy Agency Governors
1. On March 21, commencing at 15:10 for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Shunsuke Takei, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call from five governors (the Russian Federation, the Republic of Costa Rica, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Peru, the Federative Republic of Brazil) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) currently visiting Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows:
2. At the beginning, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Shunsuke Takei welcomed the visit of the governors to Japan, and expressed his hope that they would deepen their understanding of Japan’s efforts for peaceful uses of nuclear energy, including the advanced use of radiation and the country’s efforts following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takei also stated that Japan is firmly aware of its responsibility as an original Member State of the IAEA and will assume further leadership in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. He added that the role of the IAEA is important with regard to monitoring and verification on the process of final agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue, and Japan will closely cooperate with the IAEA.
3. In response, the IAEA governors expressed their gratitude for the invitation to Japan. They stated that Japan is making important contributions to IAEA activities, and expressed their hope to strengthen the collaboration between Japan and their respective countries at the IAEA by taking advantage of this opportunity to deepen their understanding of Japan’s efforts for peaceful uses of nuclear energy and nuclear safety.