Yamaguchi congratulates ICAN on Nobel peace prize

December 12 , 2017

In an official statement released on December 11, Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi expressed his party’s felicitations over the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on the global civil society coalition winning the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

He noted that awarding the peace prize to ICAN would fuel greater public opposition both in Japan and abroad against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and encourage moves to reduce their stockpiled numbers.

Yamaguchi stated that ICAN, epitomizing the desire of millions to ban the development, possession and use of nuclear weapons, contributed mightily to the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in July this year, declaring that the treaty marked “a dramatic breakthrough” in the larger effort to ban nuclear arms entirely.

The Komeito leader explained that nuclear abolition could only be achieved through the cooperation of the nations possessing the weapons. Japan, he explained, has a crucial role in bridging the rift between the nuclear powers and non-nuclear states, pledging that his party would spearhead the effort reconcile the two sides. He concluded his statement by reiterating Komeito’s longstanding commitment to ridding the world of such weapons.

Yamaguchi also welcomed the fact that representatives of the hibakusha, or victims of the atomic attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the respective mayors of the two cities—Kazumi Matsui and Tomihisa Taue—along with others from Japan were able to attend the ceremony in which ICAN received the prize.