Yamaguchi takes part in ICAN symposium

January 17 , 2018

Yamaguchi and ICAN Executive Director Beatrice Fihn attended a symposium in Tokyo on Jan. 16Yamaguchi (left) and ICAN Executive Director Beatrice Fihn (right) attended a symposium in Tokyo on Jan. 16

Natsuo Yamaguchi, chief representative of Komeito, took part in a symposium held on January 16 featuring Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and representatives of Japan’s political parties. Executive Director Fihn said that banning the use of nuclear weapons was the first step in achieving their comprehensive abolition and called for Japan to become a signatory of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted by the United Nations in July last year.

Yamaguchi described the UN treaty as “groundbreaking” and pledged Komeito’s endorsement from a long-term, big-picture perspective. He also called for cooperation among the nuclear powers and non-nuclear states in resolving the mounting crisis over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Citing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as an effective regime to bring about disarmament of such weapons, Yamaguchi said Japan must act as “a bridge” to gain approval by nuclear reliant states to reduce their stockpiles.

Yamaguchi spoke with Ms. Fihn before the symposium to convey his felicitations on ICAN’s winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for its initiatives emphasizing the humanitarian devastation resulting from the use of nuclear arms. The global civil society coalition was established in 2007 and counted nearly 470 partner organizations as of last year.