Ukraine and Japan will conclude an agreement on cooperation in responding to emergencies at nuclear power plants. The document is under finalization and will be ready for signing in mid-April. This was agreed during a meeting of the Minister of Emergencies of Ukraine, Viktor Baloha, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine, Toichi Sakata, the press service of the Emergencies Ministry reported, according to UKRINFORM.

"The document defines the parameters of the exchange of data, scientific information and know-how in the cases of incidents at nuclear power plants. Implementation of this agreement is aimed primarily at protecting humans and environment. Because many aspects of emergency situations that arise at the sites of nuclear power industry have not yet been fully investigated. However, it is necessary to immediately neutralize their pernicious effect on the safety of people and the environment. In such situations, more than ever, rapid exchange of information, expertise, ideas and suggestions is needed," Viktor Baloha said.

To date, Ukraine and Japan, which have gained considerable experience since the tragic incidents at Chornobyl and Fukushima, lack legal basis for such interaction.

The intergovernmental agreement is intended to fill this loophole in order to bring bilateral cooperation to a system level.

The governments of Ukraine and Japan will thus be able to agree on joint activities that would contribute to strengthening security in the world.

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