- Japan must persistently act as bridge between nuclear, nonnuclear states
Dec 6, 2017-Moving ahead with nuclear disarmament while recognizing the significance of nuclear deterrence—Japan must take the lead in pursuing this difficult goal, as the only country to have suffered atomic bombings. The Foreign Ministry has hosted the first conference of the Group of Eminent Persons for Substantive Advancement of Nuclear Disarmament in the city of Hiroshima. The conference was designed for Japan to act as a bridge between nuclear and nonnuclear nations. Nuclear powers did not join the treaty adopted in July, arguing it was not realistic and Japan followed suit. But this does not mean Japan will turn its back on the abolition of nuclear weapons. At the meeting of the group of eminent persons, the view was expressed that behind the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons lies irritation with the scant progress in disarmament. Civic groups called for Japan’s participation in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. But disarmament will not take even a step forward if nuclear arms are banned in name alone and nuclear powers do not join the treaty. The Japanese government has called for giving priority to the reduction of nuclear arms held by nuclear powers first and establishing a legal framework when their nuclear arsenals are cut to extremely small levels.
The important thing is to make North Korea abandon its nuclear development and reconstruct the NPT-based nonproliferation regime, which has been faltering. At the same time, it is imperative to seriously work on the nuclear countries, to carry out effective disarmament measures.
Published: 06-12-2017 07:48