IAEA Governors Invited to Japan
1. Five Governors (the Kingdom of Denmark, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Republic of the Sudan and the Republic of Serbia) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited Japan from February 18 to 24 at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2. This invitation is one of the ongoing activities aimed at encouraging a further deepening of the international community’s understanding on advanced nuclear energy activities in Japan, in particular, Japan’s efforts on peaceful uses of nuclear energy mainly through health care and medical applications of radiation and its efforts following the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
3.The delegation paid a courtesy call on Parliamentary Vice-Minister Mitsunari Okamoto. They exchanged views with nuclear energy experts. The delegation visited the following facilities:
- (1)Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute of the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST);
- (2)Heavy ion radiotherapy facilities for cancer treatments at Gunma University and Hidaka Hospital;
- (3)The showroom at Shimadzu Corporation(the Corporation signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the IAEA and agreed to donate its equipment to the IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf).
In addition, the delegation visited Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and observed the sites of the reactor decommissioning, contaminated water management and other efforts that Japan has been undertaking thus far. The IAEA promotes the peaceful uses of nuclear energy as one of its major goals, and has been carrying out technical cooperation activities for developing countries in a variety of fields. Among them, health care and medical applications of radiation is a field where developing countries’ interests have been increasing.