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Rostechnadzor and Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority Signed Memo of Cooperation

Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) and the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan have signed the Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of nuclear and radiation safety regulation in atomic energy uses. For the Russian side, the document was signed by Alexey Ferapontov, Acting Chairman of Rostechnadzor, and for the Japanese side – Shunichi Tanaka, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

The signed document confirms the parties' mutual interest in cooperation in the field of nuclear and radiation safety regulation within the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Japan on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy of May 3, 2012.

"The signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation will become an important stage of the development of bilateral relations between Rostechnadzor and the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan," Alexey Ferapontov said. "Preparation and agreement of specific topics within the areas of our cooperation provided by the Memorandum could be the next step, and subsequent establishment of a bilateral action programme on this basis."

The Memorandum states that the parties will cooperate in the field of nuclear and radiation safety regulation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy on the basis of the laws of the Russian Federation and Japan in the following areas:

• nuclear and radiation safety legislation;

• licensing of activities in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy;

• supervision and control, including preparation and realization of inspection programmes;

• radwaste and spent fuel management, including transportation and safe storage;

• security of the nuclear installations, radiation sources, storage facilities, nuclear material and radioactive substance;

• quality assurance for nuclear installation equipment;

• emergency preparedness and emergency response;

• training of the regulators' staff, and

• other areas by mutual consent of the parties.

The Memorandum is not an international agreement and does not create rights and obligations regulated by the international law. The document is applicable on the date of signing during five years with further extension.