is the 74th year of the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is
eight and a half years since the Fukushima’s nuclear power plant accidents.
Japan has experienced historic lessons from these incidents which accompanied terrific
sacrifices. The country should have a great role to play in the world to solve
the nuclear issues, but….
MUST CHANGE POLICY TO ELIMINATING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND ABANDONING POWER
world goes toward a world without nuclear arms and intends to give up power
international community prohibits menacing a third country with nuclear weapons
and seeks abolition of the arsenal. In the same way the world seeks to change current
energy polices that depend on nuclear power generation.
as a nation which has experienced atomic bombings, has responsibilities to enhance
the world’s trend. To this aim it is necessary to boldly change diplomatic and
national security policies to convey right messages to the rest of the world.
enough, however, the Abe government has kept neglecting the duties and its
role. It depends on the US nuclear arms, builds up military strength and coercively
implements nuclear power generation policy by restarting the suspended nuclear
the world faces three tasks concerning the nuclear issues: denuclearization on
the Korean Peninsula, making effective the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of
Nuclear Weapons and a peaceful settlement of the Iran nuclear deal, JCPOA (the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).
issue on Korean Peninsula
of the Korean Peninsula has become realistic when the summit talks between the
United States and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) began, but the former
demands the latter unilateral concession, thus no exit is seen. As for Japan’s
policy toward DPRK, it has solely engaged in sanctions and pressures in the
context of nuclear arms, missiles and the abduction of Japanese citizens.
abruptly, the Abe government has converted to an unconditional dialogue policy
toward DPRK. Maybe it attempts not to be behind the changing situations.
the Abe government should do is to return and begin with the Pyongyang
Declaration between Japan and DPRK concluded September 2002, to finish
discriminative policies imposed on Korean schools in Japan, and work concretely
to normalize the diplomatic relations with the neighbor.
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
treaty was adopted in July, 2017, at the United Nations by 122 nations, but
Japan opposed. Furthermore the Japanese government expressed not to participate
in the negotiation talks to implement the agreement concretely. The stance must
not be taken by a country which has experiences of atomic bombings. The
Japanese government must ratify the UN treaty immediately.
regard to the accord, uncertainties and tensions are produced today in the
international community. Iran and six countries, which are the five UN
permanent members of Security Council, namely, US, Russia, UK, France and China,
plus Germany, together with the European Union, concluded in 2015 an agreement
on the nuclear program of Iran. But the US government unilaterally withdrew
from the treaty in May, 2018, and has been pressurizing the Middle-east nation,
imposing oil export sanctions and deploying the aircraft carrier strike group
in the Gulf region.
June this year commercial oil tankers were attacked by explosives, one of which
was operated by a Japanese company. Iran and the UK mutually seized tankers. While
Iran began to enrich uranium beyond the agreed limit, the US tries to organize coalition
of military allies. The latter heightens tensions, requesting, for instance, the
Japanese government to align with the initiative.
the Abe government should do is to make diplomatic efforts so that the Trump
administration may back to the Iran deal. To participate in the coalition of
the willing is beside the point. The Abe government should sincerely listen to
voices of Hibakushas, or atomic-bombed victims, nuclear disaster-hit people and
citizens of the world demanding elimination of nuclear arms and an end of
nuclear power generation.