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Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Press Conference Room, METI Main Building
ALPS Treated Water
Q: I have two questions. First, IAEA Director General Grossi is visiting Japan from today, and the IAEA is expected to issue a comprehensive report. Please tell me about the government’s future actions, including the discharge of ALPS treated water into the sea.
A: Today, I am scheduled to meet with Director General Grossi and exchange opinions about the IAEA’s safety review of ALPS treated water, among other matters.
As for the comprehensive report, the IAEA is responsible for compiling it. The government is not in a position to comment on the timing of the report’s publication, but my understanding is that the report will be published during Director General Grossi’s visit to Japan.
When the IAEA’s comprehensive report has been published, we will carefully examine its contents and take action accordingly. In any case, we will explain efforts to ensure safety, both domestically and internationally, in an easy-to-understand and careful manner. We will strive to further foster understanding.
China’s Export Control
Q: Yesterday, the Chinese government announced export restrictions on mineral resources, such as gallium. Those resources are necessary for advanced semiconductors, so this will have an impact on Japan. What is your reaction to that?
A: I understand that yesterday, on July 3, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced an export control measure regarding product items related to gallium and germanium for reasons of national security and protection of national interests.
On the other hand, I am not aware that this measure has been taken in relation to the Japanese measure to strengthen export control of advanced semiconductor manufacturing equipment that was promulgated on May 23. Going forward, we will check with China on its intentions and policies for the operation of the measure. If an unfair measure is taken against Japan in light of international rules, such as those of the WTO, we will take appropriate action based on the rules.
For your information, the Japanese measure to strengthen export control, which I mentioned just now, has been taken for reasons of national security. We have implemented it in a manner consistent with international rules, without having any particular country in mind as a target.
As the Chinese measure was announced last evening, we are closely examining what impact it may have on Japan. In any case, we will respond based on the international rules.