Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida highlighted the necessity to sustain the world nuclear stockpile’s downward trend as there are still more than 10,000 nuclear weapons in existence. Now, Japan is set to open up the atom-bombed cities for tours so that the world can see the ‘realities’ of nuclear war.
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According to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Japan will invite world leaders and young folks to visit cities that have been bombed with atomic weapons in order to inform them of the “realities” of nuclear warfare and its dreadful repercussions.
At the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) review meeting, Kishida said that Japan will provide a $10 million donation to create a U.N. fund to support teaching children about the hazards of nuclear weapons.
Kishida, the first Japanese prime minister to speak at an NPT review meeting, said Russia’s use of nuclear weapons in its conflict with Ukraine heightened global worry about “the real possibility” of another nuclear disaster.
“As a prime minister from Hiroshima, I believe that we must take every realistic measure towards a world without nuclear weapons step by step, however difficult the path may be,” he said.
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During World War II, the United States deployed atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since then, Japan has vowed to maintain peace and adopted the three non-nuclear principles of not having nuclear weapons, not producing them, and not allowing them to enter its borders.
Kishida promised to invite youth and world leaders, such as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who will visit Hiroshima on August 6, to the two cities in order to increase consciousness of the 1945 atomic blasts.
The prime minister also plans to hold the G-7 summit in Hiroshima the following year to highlight Japan’s unwavering commitment to putting an end to the usage of nuclear weapons.
“By inviting future leaders to Japan and providing them with opportunities to learn firsthand the realities of nuclear weapon use, this will create a global network among the youth towards the elimination of nuclear weapons,” he said.
Hiroshima Action Plan
At the NPT review meeting, Kishida introduced the “Hiroshima Action Plan,” which calls for “a shared recognition” of the significance of preserving the non-use of nuclear weapons record.
“We should never tolerate the threat of the use of nuclear weapons, such as that made recently by Russia, let alone the use of nuclear weapons. We must ensure that Nagasaki remains the last place to suffer an atomic bombing,” he said.
The plan of action also requests that all nuclear-weapon states reveal their fissile material production statuses, which, in Kishida’s opinion, would constitute the foundation for all nuclear disarmament initiatives.
As he asserted that there are still more than 10,000 nuclear weapons in existence, Kishida highlighted the necessity to sustain the world nuclear stockpile’s downward trend.
“Maintaining this decreasing trend is extremely important in getting closer to a world without nuclear weapons. To achieve this, I call on all nuclear-weapon states to engage in a responsible manner,” he said.
The NPT officially recognizes all of the following countries as having nuclear weapons: the United States, China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom.