Asahi, Nikkei, Sankei, and Mainichi reported that Prime Minister Kishida said at the Diet on Monday it would not be acceptable for Japan to establish a nuclear sharing arrangement with the United States. He reportedly said: “It would be unacceptable given our country’s stance of maintaining the three non-nuclear principles.” According to the papers, former Prime Minister Abe said on Sunday that discussing such an option should not be regarded as taboo.
In a related story, Kyodo News reported that China reacted sharply to former PM Abe’s remarks on Sunday, saying it urged Japan on Monday to uphold the country’s three non-nuclear principles. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman reportedly told reporters in Beijing: “Recently, Japanese politicians have frequently spread fallacies related to Taiwan and even blatantly made false remarks that violate the nation’s three non-nuclear principles…. We strongly call on Japan to deeply reflect on its history.”