Japan to remain non-nuclear power

Top ruling party official reportedly said country needs to discuss whether to create its own nuclear deterrent.

October 16, 2006 10:41
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Japan to remain non-nuclear power

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Japan has no intention of developing nuclear weapons in response to North Korea's claim of an atomic test last week, a top Japanese government spokesman said Monday. A leading ruling party official reportedly said Sunday that Japan needs to discuss whether to create its own nuclear deterrent. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki said on Monday, however, that the government was committed to remaining a non-nuclear power, despite those comments. "There is no change whatsoever to our government position that Japan will not possess any nuclear weapons," Shiozaki told reporters. Shiozaki was responding to questions about comments made Sunday by Shoichi Nakagawa, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's Policy Research Council. Nakagawa reiterated on Monday that he did not mean to suggest that Tokyo should stray from its three main principles of not possessing, producing or allowing the introduction of nuclear weapons into Japan. "I have always been opposed to nuclear weapons, and I believe in adhering to the three non-nuclear principles," Nakagawa told reporters Monday. "I merely suggested that because one of our neighbors is now a nuclear power, we must further debate on our national security," he said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last week that Japan had no intention of becoming a nuclear power, despite North Korea's claim of a successful nuclear test. Japan is the only country in the world to have been attacked with a nuclear weapon.

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