Tokyo, 5 July 2023 (TDI): On July 4, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio hosted a productive meeting with Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at the Prime Minister’s residence.

The courtesy call focused on key nuclear issues of mutual concern.

Prime Minister Kishida warmly welcomed Director General Grossi’s visit to Japan and expressed deep appreciation for the IAEA’s ongoing efforts and activities, particularly regarding the treatment of ALPS water.


Emphasizing his role as a leader accountable to the international community, Prime Minister Kishida reiterated his unwavering commitment to prioritize the health and well-being of the Japanese people and the global environment.

He assured that any decision regarding the discharge of ALPS-treated water would be based on rigorous scientific evidence and conducted with utmost transparency, both domestically and internationally.

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Director General Grossi presented a comprehensive report on the safety of ALPS-treated water to Prime Minister Kishida, affirming its scientific and neutral nature. The report also outlined the necessary elements for the Japanese government to progress to the next stage of decision-making.

Prime Minister Kishida acknowledged the significance of Director General Grossi’s efforts in ensuring nuclear safety and security, particularly in Ukraine.

He further expressed Japan’s support for the five principles concerning the ZNPP (Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant), emphasizing the G7 Presidency’s commitment to working closely with the Director General in this regard.

Both leaders agreed to continue their close collaboration on nuclear issues concerning Iran and North Korea, emphasizing the importance of maintaining peace and stability.

Furthermore, they highlighted the promotion of peaceful applications of nuclear energy as an area of shared interest and resolved to strengthen cooperation in this field.

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The courtesy call between Prime Minister Kishida and Director General Grossi signifies a significant step towards enhanced cooperation on critical nuclear matters. As Japan remains committed to addressing global challenges, the nation stands ready to work closely with international partners, including the IAEA, to ensure a secure and sustainable future for all.