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There is room for debate whether nuclear sharing violates three non-nuclear principles: Motegi

  • March 7, 2022
  • , Mainichi , 0:16 a.m.
  • JMH Translation

In a BS Asahi TV program broadcast on March 6, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary-General Motegi Toshimitsu made reference to the policy of nuclear sharing, an idea which former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has said should be discussed, and pointed out that “there is room for debate on whether this violates the three non-nuclear principles.” He said this is because the policy of nuclear sharing does not necessarily mean the physical possession of nuclear weapons.

 

On the other hand, he showed understanding for the government’s position on the three non-nuclear principles. As the doctrine has been firmly upheld for many years, he noted that it is “natural [for the government] not to hold debate” on the subject.

 

On defense spending, he noted that bolstering Japan’s defense capabilities in new areas such as space and cyberspace will become indispensable. “We will need more than the current 5 trillion yen,” he said. The program was recorded on March 4. (Abridged)

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