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New German government positive about nuclear arms ban treaty 

  • November 26, 2021
  • , Asahi, Mainichi
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Today’s Mainichi and Asahi gave front-page coverage to an agreement between three German political parties on the launch of a new administration to succeed retired Chancellor Merkel, saying that the new government to be led by Olaf Scholz of the Social Democratic Party will participate as an observer in the first meeting of signatories to a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons scheduled for March in Vienna. Noting that Germany would be the only G7 member to attend the conference, the paper projected that Bonn’s security policy shift might potentially put pressure on Japan, which similarly relies on the U.S. nuclear umbrella for protection, to do the same. 

 

On Japan’s position on the upcoming confab on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno told the press on Thursday: “Rather than attending the session as an observer, Japan as the only nation that has suffered a nuclear bombing has to redouble its efforts to have the nuclear countries move toward substantive nuclear arms control.” Pointing out that Prime Minister Kishida has emphasized that Japan will play the role of a bridge between the nuclear and nonnuclear powers, Asahi opined that his administration’s failure to even observe the upcoming meeting may raise doubts about his commitment to the total elimination of nuclear weapons. 

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