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Japan abstains from voting on treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons

  • August 20, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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All Saturday evening papers wrote from Geneva that a UN panel on nuclear arms reduction adopted a report on Friday calling for a global conference next year to discuss the proposed Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC) aimed at prohibiting nuclear arms. A total of 68 nations supported the panel report and 22 countries opposed it. Japan, South Korea, and 11 other UN members abstained. The dailies said in the course of panel discussions, the GOJ made clear its opposition to the NWC, with Asahi saying this runs counter to the wishes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mainichi said Japan is in a dilemma because it has to continue to rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella in the face of North Korea’s relentless nuclear development even though the momentum for nuclear disarmament has been boosted following President Obama’s trip to Hiroshima in May. Yomiuri raised doubts about the feasibility of the NWC since the five nuclear powers, including the U.S., boycotted panel deliberations on the treaty.

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