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Let our voices be heard to prod Japan to act on nuke ban treaty

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09.07.2018

July 7 marked the first anniversary of the adoption of the first-ever legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, reached a year ago at the United Nations, bans the development, possession and use of nuclear arms.

With the world’s nuclear powers, led by the United States and Russia, making little progress toward slashing their nuclear arsenals, about two-thirds of the U.N. member countries voted for the treaty.

The challenge facing the world is how to capitalize on the landmark pact to bring itself closer to a future free from nuclear weapons.

Japan, as the only country that has suffered from the ravages of a nuclear attack, should lead global debate on this challenge. But the Japanese government has never stepped up to the plate, deterred by the fact that Japan is protected by the “nuclear umbrella” provided by the United States.

While promising to serve as a “bridge” between nuclear powers and nonnuclear countries, Tokyo has been keeping a distance........

© The Asahi Shimbun