NAGASAKI — The following is the gist of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s speech given at a ceremony in Nagasaki on Friday to mark the 74th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city.
— As the only country to have experienced nuclear devastation in war, Japan will tirelessly continue its efforts to achieve “a world free of nuclear weapons.” This mission remains unchanged even in the Reiwa era.
— In recent years, global security is in an increasingly severe environment, and countries’ positions on nuclear disarmament differ even more widely.
— Japan is determined to bridge between nuclear-weapon states and non-nuclear-weapon states, tenaciously urge dialogue by gaining cooperation between them and lead the international community’s efforts.
— To ensure next year’s review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty produces a meaningful outcome, Japan is determined to make proposals to other countries, based on the recommendations of the “Group of Eminent Persons for Substantive Advancement of Nuclear Disarmament.”
— Japan has a duty to continue to communicate the inhumanity of nuclear weapons to future generations and other countries.