Died IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

The announcement of the death of the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency published on the website of the organization.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has passed away. This was announced on Monday by the Agency Secretariat on the website of the organization. The report said that the flag at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna will be lowered.

72-year-old Amano recently suffered from a disease, the nature of which was not called. He underwent a series of medical procedures in September last year, after which he appeared in public increasingly weak.

The IAEA Secretariat confirmed in a report on the death of the head of the Agency that Amano was about to leave his post. The website published a quote from his letter of resignation: “Over the past decade, the Agency has achieved concrete results on the way to the goal – “Atoms for peace and development.” This was made possible by the support of member countries and the efforts of Agency staff. I am very proud of our achievements and grateful to the IAEA members and its staff.”

Yukiya Amano was born in the Japanese Prefecture of Kanagawa on Honshu island in 1947, almost two years after Japan’s surrender in World War II and the atomic bombings of the country. He was educated as a lawyer in Tokyo and several European universities.

Amano was a professional diplomat and worked at the embassies of Japan in Laos, the USA, and Belgium, and was Consul General of Japan in Marseille. In 2005 he was appointed Ambassador of Japan to the IAEA. In 2009, Japanese diplomat has replaced on a post of the General Director of IAEA Mohammed El-Baradei, then three times was reassigned to this position.