The First Meeting of the Japan-Belarus Joint Committee for the Cooperation to Advance Aftermath Response

July 12, 2013
Japanese

    1. On July 18, the first meeting of the Japan-Belarus Joint Committee for the Cooperation to Advance Aftermath Response will be held in Minsk.
    2. From the Japanese side, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed by Mr. Takeshi Hikihara, Deputy Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau; the Reconstruction Agency; the Cabinet Office; the Ministry of the Environment (MOE); the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF); the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW); the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); as well as officials from concerned organizations 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 Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection, the Ministry of Forestry, and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, are scheduled to attend the meeting.
    3. In this meeting, discussions will be held on the current condition and future direction of measures taken after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station 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 to accidents at nuclear power stations was formed based on 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. Its first meeting is being held this time in Minsk. It is expected that cooperative relations between the two countries following the nuclear power plant accidents will further progress through this meeting.

* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.