The Fifth Meeting of the Ukraine-Japan Joint Committee for the cooperation to advance aftermath response to accidents at nuclear power stations was held on November 27, 2017 at the National Institute for Strategic Studies in Kyiv.
Mr. Volodymyr Horbulin, director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies; Mr.Vitaly Petruk, Head of State Agency of Ukraine on the Exclusion Zone Management; Mr. Toshihiro Aiki, Ambassador, Deputy Director General of the European Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; Mr. Shigeki Sumi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine addressed the participants of the meeting with greetings. The agenda included six thematic sessions, as well as the final session dedicated to the summarizing and signing the minutes of the meeting.
A number of representatives of executive authorities, specialized scientific organizations of Ukraine and Japan took part in the proceedings of the Committee. As for the National Institute for Strategic Studies, Mr. Olexander Sukhodolya, representative of the Department of Energy and Technogenic Safety, and Mr. Dmitry Bobro, leading researcher of the same department, attended the meeting.
Participants of the meeting noted the importance of Chernobyl-Fukushima cooperation, which stretches from the exchange of experience in the area of decontamination and management of radioactive waste to the revival of territories. In particular, one of the promising directions of cooperation in this area is considered to be the placement of power stations using alternative energy sources in these territories.
As a result of the meeting, the Protocol which outlined the main priorities of the cooperation between Ukraine and Japan in the area of cooperation to advance aftermath response to accidents at nuclear power stations was signed. Among such priorities are: exchange of experience regarding the decommissioning of nuclear power plants, management of contaminated territories, radiation control, as well as further prospects for Chernobyl-Fukushima cooperation between the two countries.