(Asahi: July 28, 2015 – p. 4)
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida granted an exclusive interview to the Asahi Shimbun on July 27. In the interview, Kishida disclosed the idea of submitting to the UN General Assembly in the fall a new resolution calling for the reduction of nuclear weapons in view of the fact that this August marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Kishida said: “In order to aim for a world free of nuclear weapons, Japan as the only atomic-bombed country will lead the international community.”
Kishida pointed out that various UN member countries agreed with Japan’s proposal that the leaders of world visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki and nuclear powers disclose their nuclear capabilities at the review conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons this spring. “In light of (this) result, we want to submit a new nuclear disarmament resolution to the UNGA in the fall,” he said. “On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the A-bomb attacks, we will put together a solid resolution.”
Regarding the realization of a “world free of nuclear weapons,” Kishida said, “Unity will not be produced unless nuclear powers and nuclear-free countries cooperate. Japan will promote realistic and practical efforts so that both sides will cooperate,” indicating that it is important for Japan to play the role of a bridge between the two sides.
Meanwhile, a treating banning nuclear weapons was discussed for the first time at the NPT review conference. However, Kishida pointed out that “Japan must consider how to make progress in a realistic way.” He indicated that the Japanese government will not substantially change its view on nuclear weapons in consideration of the present situation in which Japan relies on the U.S. nuclear deterrence.