In the US-Japan foreign ministers meeting held at Honolulu on January 12th,”nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament” was presented as one of the global agendas. Within this conference, Japanese foreign minister Okada said, “We have consulted upon the ICNND report and to create a new policy proposal that leads the global society, would like to continue further negotiations with the United States.” The ICNND report requests that, as an initial goal, the nuclear-armed states make a statement to limit the role of nuclear weapons to deterrence of nuclear attacks. (A “sole-purpose” statement) Especially concerning the United States, the ICNND states that it is “particularly important” that a “sole purpose” statement be made in the Nuclear Posture Review by this March. The Japanese and US government will garner further attention with their upcoming actions.
Click here to view the Japan-US foreign ministerial conference summary (The Japanese Foreign Ministry website/ In Japanese only)
The corresponding section:
“We have delivered, through foreign minister Katsuya Okada, that in the midst of the movement toward “a world without nuclear weapons”, it is crucial to take initiative while giving consideration to security issues. The Japanese government has consulted upon the Kawaguchi/Evans commission report, and to create a new policy proposal that leads the global society, would like to continue further negotiations with the United States. Both foreign ministers have agreed upon cooperating in order to gain results at the Nuclear Security Summit as well as the NPT Review Conference. “ (Unofficial translation by a Japanese website)
Click here to read the text of the entire press conference (The U.S. Department of State website, in English only)