Japan’s Prime Minister urges nuclear nations to act ‘responsibly’ on non-proliferation

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“The world is worried that the threat of the catastrophe of use of nuclear weapons has emerged once again,” he said in a speech.

Kishida is a native of Hiroshima, which was the first city in the world to experience a nuclear bombardment on August 6, 1945, as World War Two was coming to an end. Kishida has made nuclear non-proliferation something of a crusade. Nagasaki was the target of the second nuclear attack three days later. As the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima in 2016, Kishida was the foreign minister at the time. Kishida also chose Hiroshima as the location for the G7 conference in 2019.

“We call for all nuclear states to conduct themselves responsibly,” regarding non-proliferation efforts, Kishida said.

For the anniversary on August 6, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that he would travel to Hiroshima. He suggested that further initiatives should improve the non-proliferation pact and increase transparency about nuclear weapons. He also announced the creation of a $10 million fund to inform young leaders about the risks of nuclear weapons.

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  • It is also thought that North Korea, which has conducted multiple missile tests this year, is getting ready to conduct a nuclear test. The first Japanese leader to do so was Kishida, who was speaking at the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations in New York City.

  • “It must be said that the path to a world without nuclear weapons has suddenly become even harder.”

“From this standpoint, we support negotiations on arms control and nuclear reduction between the United States and Russia, and encourage similar talks between the United States and China.”

“Nagasaki must become the last bombed city,” Kishida said.

As a result of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear tragedy, he added that it is important to promote peaceful applications of nuclear energy while ensuring its safety. Kishima has supported nuclear power and claimed that he has called for nine reactors to go online by the end of the year, up from the present five, as a result of an increase in fuel prices and a heat wave in June during which Japan avoided a power deficit.