Minister Kajiyama’s meeting with IAEA Director General Grossi: Agreement on launch of review missions, Discussion of new activities towards continuous use of nuclear energy
August 19, 2021
On August 19, 2021, Mr. Kajiyama Hiroshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, held a meeting with Mr. Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Both sides agreed to proceed with review missions on the decommissioning of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and the safety of ALPS treated water. Furthermore, Minister Kajiyama proposed to cooperate in the areas of human resources development in the nuclear field and accurate information dissemination in view of continuous use of nuclear energy towards realization of a carbon-neutral economy.
On August 19, Minister Kajiyama held a meeting with IAEA Director General Grossi and they agreed on the following.
(1) The Fifth IAEA review mission on decommissioning
The IAEA international peer review mission towards the decommissioning of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS) will visit Japan in the week of 23rd of August, 2021. Minister Kajiyama welcome the rigour and transparency of such reviews.
(2) The IAEA review mission on the safety of ALPS treated water
The IAEA senior officials will visit Japan in September for the kick off meeting of the first IAEA review mission on the safety of ALPS treated water. This review will focus on the safety of ALPS treated water based on IAEA safety standards and include the assessment of the radiological impact with regard to the protection of people and the environment.
Furthermore, Minister Kajiyama stated that continuous use of nuclear energy is necessary towards the realization of a carbon-neutral economy and, thus, proposed new activities in the areas of human resources development in the nuclear field as well as accurate information dissemination.
(1) Human Resources Development in Nuclear Field
Minister Kajiyama proposed to utilize the Fukushima Daiichi NPS as the training ground of IAEA capacity-building projects for member states. In addition, Minister Kajiyama expressed his strong support for the IAEA’s activities including the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme, which aims to increase the number of women in the nuclear field.
(2) Dissemination of Accurate Information about Nuclear Energy
Since the dissemination of accurate information about nuclear energy is necessary for the continuous use of nuclear energy, Minister Kajiyama proposed to disseminate scientific and comprehensible information about nuclear energy towards a wide range of generations especially to the younger generation.
Both sides agreed to continue further discussion.
Division in Charge
Nuclear Accident Response Office, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy