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Clear divergence of views on Nuclear Weapons Convention at UN conference

For the first time in 18 years, Nagasaki hosted the United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues, which ended on Dec. 13. Government representatives and experts gathered from countries around the world to discuss nuclear disarmament at the two-day conference. One of the four main focuses was the Nuclear Weapons Convention, for which negotiations will start as early as next spring.….Read more

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Negotiations on nuclear weapons ban treaty to start

NEW YORK, Kyodo — The First Committee (on disarmament issues) of the UN General Assembly passed with a majority vote a resolution on starting negotiations on a “treaty to ban nuclear weapons” in 2017. Work will now begin on outlawing nuclear arms and vigorous efforts will be made for concrete measures to eliminate nuclear weapons. Japan voted against the resolution….Read more

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Commentary: Responsibility of atomic-bombed nation at issue

Multilateral negotiations to conclude a “nuclear weapon ban treaty” are now expected to begin. This is the fruit of the efforts by the nonnuclear powers and NGOs in recent years to initiate a legally binding ban on nuclear arms.

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Japanese woman named UN chief’s special adviser on refugees

NHK reported online that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced on Tuesday that he has appointed Izumi Nakamitsu as his special adviser in order to steadily implement the New York Declaration adopted at the UN summit for refugees and migrants in September. Nakamitsu has worked on issues related to refugees at the UN Development Program.

  • November 2, 2016
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Japan elected to serve on U.N. Human Rights Council

NEW YORK, Oct. 28, Kyodo — Japan was one of 14 countries elected by secret ballot Friday to serve on the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council, marking the fourth time it has sat on the panel.   Japan, which was one of four candidates for the Asia-Pacific region’s four open seats, received 177 votes to serve on the organization charged….Read more

  • October 29, 2016
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IWC to set up fund for developing nations, picks Japanese chairman

The International Whaling Commission on Friday wrapped up a general meeting in Slovenia where it decided to set up a fund to help cash-strapped developing nations and named a Japanese official the next chairman.   The new fund, proposed by Japan and other countries, is aimed at providing financial assistance to those countries unable to send delegates to IWC meetings.….Read more

  • October 29, 2016
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U.S. ‘nuclear umbrella’ drove Japan’s vote against U.N. resolution

Japan’s vote against a resolution calling for the start of negotiations to outlaw nuclear weapons at the U.N. General Assembly’s First Committee on Oct. 27 took place out of a desire to appease the United States, which strongly opposed the resolution.   Despite being the only atomic bombed nation in the world, Japan, which has been protected under the so-called….Read more

  • October 28, 2016
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Editorial: Japan’s vote against nuke ban talks mocks its anti-nuke credo

Japan’s vote against a United Nations resolution calling for talks on a treaty to ban nuclear arms has made a mockery of its pledge to lead the movement toward a world without nuclear weapons, as the only country that has suffered nuclear attacks.   The U.N. General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security adopted a resolution to start….Read more

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Editorial: U.N.’s expanding of divide among nonnuclear countries regrettable

North Korea is accelerating the development of nuclear weapons and missiles. For the security of Japan and South Korea, the U.S. nuclear deterrent still has a major role to play.   In light of the deteriorating security environment in Northeast Asia, it is premature to one-sidedly conclude that nuclear weapons should be illegal.   The U.N. General Assembly’s First Committee….Read more

  • October 29, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 7:59 pm
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GOJ strongly criticized for voting against nuclear arms ban resolution

All Saturday morning papers reported that non-nuclear powers, Japanese and foreign NGOs, and hibakusha groups strongly criticized the Japanese government for voting against a resolution seeking the conclusion of a treaty to ban the use of nuclear arms at a UN committee on Thursday. The Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations sent a letter of protest to the….Read more

  • October 29, 2016
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