The "IAEA Office at Tokyo" as it was originally known, was established in May 1984 mainly to facilitate the implementation of the safeguards agreement between Japan and the Agency. In December 1989, the office was designated as the "Tokyo Regional Office, (TRO)" to reflect its expanded role in representing the Agency within the region.
The main functions of the office are summarised as follows:
- Act as a central office representing the IAEA in Japan
- Provide prompt liaison with Japanese government officials and State authorities
- Support resident and visiting inspectors to facilitate routine inspections and respond to short notice inspections or last minute scheduling changes in Japan and other countries in the region
- Provide a working office to enable the necessary technical and administrative work related to safeguards inspections to be effectively performed
- Provide storage and transportation centre with facilities for maintenance and repair of various safeguards related equipment
- Provide resident analysts for routine operations of the On Site Laboratory (OSL) at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant
IAEA inspectors based at TRO and those from our headquarters in Vienna are working in close co-operation with counterparts from the Japan Safeguards Office to successfully implement the safeguards measures in the most effective and efficient manner.