Hiroshima mayor critical of Nakagawa’s remarks on nuclear weapons

by Hiromi Morita. Staff Writer

In response to the remarks made by former Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa, in which he advocated the idea of discussing the possibility of Japan possessing nuclear weapons, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba released a statement on April 22 condemning these comments. In the statement, the mayor said that Mr. Nakagawa’s remarks “trample on Hiroshima’s wish” for the total abolition of nuclear weapons.

Rebuking Mr. Nakagawa’s suggestion, Mayor Akiba said that, amid the growing momentum toward nuclear abolition exemplified by U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent speech in Prague, “A nuclear Japan would not only create distrust toward this nation and run counter to the global trend for the elimination of these weapons, it could trigger a new wave of nuclear proliferation.”

(Originally published on April 23, 2009)

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