We have already posted the fact that Foreign Minister Okada finds limiting the role of nuclear weapons “worthy of attention” and “will deepen discussions with states such as Australia and the United States.” At the Diet, Prime Minister Hatoyama has confirmed Foreign Minister Okada’s policy and has made a remark that further emphasizes it.
On February 4th at the Upper House Audit Committee, Prime Minister Hatoyama replied to Diet member (Komeito) Hamada Masayoshi’s question on the view that Japan is the disincentive to nuclear disarmament by saying, “…it
would be totally unacceptable for our nation to be called passive” . Also, concerning the idea of limiting the role of nuclear weapons to the “Sole-Purpose”, the Prime Minister stated, “we would like to make the utmost effort”.
On February 9th at the House of Representatives Budget Committee., Prime Minister Hatoyama replied to Diet member (DPJ) Hiraoka Hideo`s question concerning the policy on the “Sole-Purpose” of nuclear weapons by saying, “I am very interested [in the topic] and am paying particular attention to it”
February 4th, 2010.
Prime Minister Hatoyama’s response at the Upper House Audit Committee (Unofficial translation):
“On the premise that Japan must continue to guarantee its nation’s security, we would like to make the utmost effort, for it would be totally unacceptable for our nation to be called passive, concerning this no first use etc that you have mentioned.”