National Nuclear Security Administration

U.S., Japan strengthen nuclear security ties through working group

September 4, 2019

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The U.S.-Japan Nuclear Security Working Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The American and Japanese delegations at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The meeting was led by NNSA Associate Principal Deputy Administrator David Huizenga, right, and Ambassador Koji Kano of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
The meeting was led by NNSA Associate Principal Deputy Administrator David Huizenga, right, and Ambassador Koji Kano of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

The U.S.-Japan Nuclear Security Working Group convened for its 10th meeting in Livermore, California, last month. The working group was established in 2011 to demonstrate leadership in strengthening nuclear security worldwide and enhancing international cooperation in the field of peaceful nuclear activities.

NNSA’s Associate Principal Deputy Administrator, David Huizenga, co-chaired the meeting at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory alongside Ambassador Koji Kano of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. 

During the meeting, the group reported on progress strengthening the capacity of Japan’s Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security, minimizing highly enriched uranium, enhancing the physical protection of nuclear materials, integrating national and emergency response plans, reducing material attractiveness, implementing safeguards, and securing nuclear materials in transport. The co-chairs commended the group for their achievements to date, while stressing the importance of further cooperation to tackle new challenges and strengthen nuclear security globally.

 Our focused efforts have helped reduce the threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism around the world.

David Huizenga
NNSA’s Associate Principal Deputy Administrator

“The 10th meeting of the U.S.-Japan Nuclear Security Working Group demonstrates the sustained commitment by our two countries to make the world a safer place through increased nuclear security cooperation,” Huizenga said. “Our focused efforts have helped reduce the threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism around the world.”

Bruce Warner, Livermore Lab’s Principal Associate Director for Global Security, welcomed the group, and participants were given the opportunity to tour the National Ignition Facility, Nuclear Forensics Laboratories, and the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center.

Both nations reaffirmed their commitment to cooperation on these shared nuclear nonproliferation and security objectives and participants were encouraged to continue their efforts and report their outcomes during the next working group meeting, which will be held in Japan in 2020.

The working group is one of five under the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation. The U.S. delegation was represented by NNSA, the National Security Council, the Departments of State and Defense, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.