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Report Compiled by International Roundtable on the Final Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Released

August 21, 2020

The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), an agency within the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), or OECD NEA, compiled a report titled “Message on international co-operation from high-level government representatives” based on the results of discussions at the International Roundtable on the Final Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel, a meeting jointly held by OECD NEA and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Background and overview

Realization of final disposal of high-level radioactive waste is a common challenge for all nuclear power-using countries, and METI believes that it is necessary to strengthen international cooperation in order to accelerate efforts made by each country.

From this viewpoint and based on the agreement reached at the G20 Karuizawa Ministerial Meeting in June 2019, the International Roundtable on the Final Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel was inaugurated, bringing together the governments of major nuclear power-using countries. Under the joint chairmanship of Japan and the United States, the International Roundtable held its first meeting in October 2019 and the second one in February 2020. At these meetings, participants shared experiences and knowledge that they have acquired through public understanding activities in each country and held discussions on ideal approaches to promoting research cooperation and personnel exchange between research facilities in each country.

Based on the results of discussions at these two meetings, in August 2020, OECD NEA compiled a report titled “Message on international co-operation from high-level government representatives,” containing: roles of government, knowledge, experiences and best practices of dialogue activities by the respective countries, future directions of research and development cooperation and other issues.

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Division in Charge

Radioactive Waste Management Policy Division, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy