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Kishida speaks by phone with new German leader 

  • December 15, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Yomiuri and Mainichi highlighted a teleconference between Prime Minister Kishida and new German Chancellor Scholz on Tuesday at which they agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation on a range of issues, including national and regional security, nuclear arms reduction, and nonproliferation. In reply to a remark from the prime minister voicing his wish to attach importance to Japan’s relations with the major European partner, the German leader said: “I would also like to strengthen mutual ties.” The two leaders reportedly did not exchange views on Berlin’s plan to participate as an observer in the first Meeting of States Parties to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons scheduled for March in Vienna.  

 

In a related story, Yomiuri reported on Kishida’s remark at the parliament yesterday dismissing the possibility of Japan taking part in the Vienna conference even as an observer. He made the comment in response to a call for Japan to participate in the conference by former Foreign Minister Okada of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. According to the paper, the prime minister also dismissed Okada’s criticism that the GOJ expressed opposition behind-the-scenes to the Biden administration’s idea of declaring a no-first-use policy on nuclear weapons. “Such a declaration would be meaningless in the absence of mutual trust among the nuclear powers,” Kishida was quoted as saying.  

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