Yamaguchi takes part in ICAN symposium
January 17 , 2018
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.