Yukiya Amano, 1st IAEA Chief from Japan, Dies at 72

Economy Society

Berlin, July 22 (Jiji Press)--International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano has passed away at the age of 72, the IAEA said Monday.

The cause of his death was not disclosed.

After becoming the first Japanese national to assume the top IAEA post, in 2009, Amano was in his third term of office, through 2021.

After taking temporary leave following surgery in autumn last year, Amano attended a meeting of the Vienna-based U.N. nuclear watchdog's board of governors last month and held a press conference.

Last week, however, he was reported to be considering stepping down by March next year for health reasons.

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