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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

October 30, 2020 (PM)

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Press Conference by the Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]

REPORTER: […] Regarding the treated water at the (Fukushima Daiichi) Nuclear Power Station, the Prime Minister responded at the Diet that the Government will decide at an appropriate time how to handle the treated water. Please tell us specifically when the Government considers would be an appropriate timing. In addition, since there is a high international interest over the treated water, could you also share with us the Government’s plan to communicate with the global audience?
DEPUTY CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SAKAI: What timing did you say you were referring to?
REPORTER: The timing for determining the policy.
DEPUTY CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SAKAI: With regard to the timing for determining the policy, we have stated that we do not have much time left and the policy must be determined as early as possible. Meanwhile, we are still not in a situation in which we can say exactly when. We are proceeding with the relevant work, hoping to reach a decision as early as possible. What was your second question?
REPORTER: There is great international interest. How does the Government intend to disseminate information internationally?
DEPUTY CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SAKAI: Regarding information dissemination, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conducted a review of the handling of Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS)-treated water, and it was assessed that precedent exists internationally. The Government intends to provide thorough information to the international community with the cooperation of IAEA and other parties.
REPORTER: […] Under this year’s Basic Policy (on Economic and Fiscal Management and Reform), the Government intends to consider developing legislation for assessing the situation of foreign acquisitions of land critical for national security, such as land near defense facilities and water sources. Does the Government perceive that under the current legal framework, it cannot grasp the actual situation or the information obtained is not sufficient? Please share with us what the Government finds problematic.
DEPUTY CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SAKAI: The Cabinet Secretariat is now carefully examining the issues related to use and management of lands critical for national security. The necessary review will be undertaken, taking into account feasible legal measures and introduction of a new legal system. The Prime Minister instructed Minister Okonogi to carry out the review to ensure that the administration can fully deliver results, noting that this has been a longstanding issue. The Government intends to thoroughly work on this issue.

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