The Passing Away of Mr. Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
(Statement by Foreign Minister Taro Kono)
July 22, 2019
1. On July 22, 2019, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced the passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano.
2. Since 2009, Director General Amano actively worked for a decade not only on international nuclear non-proliferation challenges including nuclear issues of North Korea and Iran, but also on development issues under his initiative "Atoms for Peace and Development." Following the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, he provided assistance to Japan as well as led international efforts in enhancing nuclear safety, building on lessons learned from the accident.
3. The Government of Japan highly commends Director General Amano's leadership and achievements and expresses its greatest respect for his past contributions.
4. I cannot but imagine Director General Amano's sorrow in passing away amid his term. I offer my sincerest condolences on the passing of Director General Amano and extend my deepest sympathy to his bereaved families.