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Nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force next year  

The Monday editions of all national papers reported on the UN announcement on Saturday that Honduras became the 50th country to ratify an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, triggering its entry into force in 90 days. Liberal dailies’ coverage of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was substantial, primarily focusing on the five nuclear powers’ refusal and Japan’s disinclination to sign the accord in consideration of its security ties with the U.S. Asahi and Mainichi expressed regret that Tokyo is not inclined to take the lead in enlisting other nations to sign the nuclear arms pact even though it is the only country to have suffered the devastation of atomic bombing. 

 

On the other hand, Yomiuri and Sankei were sympathetic to the GOJ’s reluctance by citing the severe international security environment, such as the rising tensions between the U.S. and China and the U.S. and Russia. The two dailies voiced doubts about the effectiveness of the treaty by calling the elimination of atomic weapons at this stage “not realistic.” They expressed support for the GOJ’s policy to serve as a “bridge” between nuclear and nonnuclear powers to gradually scale back nuclear arsenals while striving to improve the international security situation. 

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