On August 29th, 2012, representatives from Japan‘s Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security and Hitachi GE met at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The following participated: G. Varvuolis – Director of Transatlantic Cooperation and Security Politics, A. Žulys – Deputy Director, D. Nevulis – Transatlantic Cooperation and Security Politics Arms Control and Terrorism Prevention Secretary, Yosuke Naoi – Deputy Director ISCN, Yuki Matsuda – ISCN Planning and Coordination Engineer, Jun Kikushima – Hitachi GE representative, Tatsuo Hirayama – Japanese Embassy Deputy Head.
In presenting the ISCN, Y. Naoi drew attention to the fact that it was established December 27th, 2010 upon the premise given at the first Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. Japan‘s visit purpose – to connect with Lithuanian partners, to be introduced to Lithuania‘s nuclear security needs, and to take into account when setting up training programs and seminars. One Lithuanian representative was invited to participate in this year‘s ISCN trainings with nuclear facilities and physical security of nuclear materials in Tokyo, Japan (sponsored by ISCN).
Y. Naoi thanked for the help in organizing meetings with the State Atomic Energy Safety Inspection, Radiation Protection Center, Visaginas Atomic Energy, Nuclear Security Center of Excellence, and other State Security Department representatives. Also, Y. Naoi expressed the will and hope, that in the future, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall help in preserving contacts, develop partnerships with competent Lithuanian organizations. Foreign Affairs Ministry officials reassured such initiatives.
The Lithuanians at the meeting informed the Japanese delegation about the combined bilateral cooperation agreements with the United States of America (Statement of Intent, Joint Action Plan) and IAEA (Practical Arrangements). Within the meeting‘s discussion, Japanese representatives encouraged the suggestion to set up a similar cooperation agreement with ISCN. Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials promised to consider an appropriate agreement form and expressed the hope that the ISCN can share Best Practice experiences with the Nuclear Security Center of Excellence. The ISCN mentioned that in May 2013, they are planning to organize seminars for VATESI (possible topics: breakdown of nuclear facilities in areas subject to legislative requirements and physical security system effectiveness evaluation) and for the NSCE (specific topic of nuclear safety shall be determined).
ISCN representatives as well as officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the idea of a regional NSCE training that ISCN would teach. Eastern partnership and neighboring specialists would be invited to participate.
Further cooperation and the implementation of these initiatives shall be coordinated through diplomatic channels.