IAEA Governors Invited to Japan
1. Five Governors (Mongolia, Germany, Sweden, Paraguay, South Africa) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited Japan from February 16 to 22 at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2. This invitation is one of Japan’s continued efforts to further promote the international community’s understanding of peaceful uses of nuclear energy in Japan, namely in the field of health care and medical applications of radiation as well as Japan’s efforts following the accident at the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
3. The delegation paid a courtesy call on Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Asako Omi on 17 February and exchanged views with several experts related to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The delegation also visited the following institutions.
(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 Gumma University and Hidaka Hospital
(3) Shimadzu Corporation (Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between Shimadzu and the IAEA in October 2017 and its mass spectrometry equipment was donated to the IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf).
In addition, the delegation visited the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and the TEPCO Decommissioning Archive Center and observed Japan’s efforts in the decommission of the reactors and contaminated water management on site.
The IAEA promotes the peaceful uses of nuclear energy as one of its major goals and has carried out technical cooperation activities for developing countries in a variety of fields. There has been a growing interest among developing countries in health care and medical applications of radiation.