At the House of Councillors Committee on the Cabinet on June 28 a lawmaker asked whether Japan should pay for the cost of inspecting North Korea’s nuclear facilities.
The Japanese government has indicated that it will shoulder the cost of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s inspection of these facilities. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explained on a TV program on June 16: “It is quite natural for Japan, which will benefit from the peace resulting from the removal of the nuclear threat, to shoulder the cost.”
Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) Upper House member Haku Shinkun argued at the Committee on the Cabinet: “Since North Korea built those facilities, it’s obvious that it should bear the cost.” He asked: “Why should Japan bear the cost? We are the ones who have to endure these facilities.”
In response, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura merely said: “We will engage in vigorous discussions with the international community, including discussions on the scale (of the inspections).”