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Osaka governor calls for discussions on principle of not permitting introduction of nuclear weapons

  • May 12, 2022
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NHK reported online in its Kansai section on Thursday that Osaka Governor Yoshimura, who also serves as the deputy chief of the Japan Innovation Party (Nippon Ishin no Kai), told the press earlier in the day that among Japan’s “three non-nuclear principles,” there should be more active discussions on the principle of not permitting the introduction of nuclear weapons into the country. Yoshimura reportedly said: “Our neighbors – China, Russia, and North Korea – possess nuclear weapons and are building up their military capabilities. Although we should absolutely seek to abolish nuclear weapons, we need to discuss the possibility of ‘nuclear sharing’ [with the U.S.] in order to enhance our deterrence.” Yoshimura reportedly added: “One of the three non-nuclear principles calls for not permitting the introduction [of nuclear weapons]. We have been encouraged not to consider or discuss this, but taking into account the situation concerning our neighbors, the current social climate doesn’t warrant avoiding discussing it. I haven’t drawn any conclusions yet, but I think we should hold thorough discussions on the matter.”

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