Yamaguchi: Accelerate pace of nuclear disarmament

August 9 , 2018

Yamaguchi greeted UN Secretary-General António Guterres before their meeting in Nagasaki on Aug. 8Yamaguchi greeted UN Secretary-General António Guterres (right) before their meeting in Nagasaki on Aug. 8

On August 8, Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi met with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who was in Japan to visit Nagasaki City. The two shared views on such issues as Japan’s role for nuclear abolition and North Korea.

UN Under-Secretary-General Izumi Nakamitsu, who also serves as High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, and Komeito House of Councillors member Kozo Akino attended the meeting.

In the meeting, Yamaguchi praised the Agenda for Disarmament announced by the UN secretary-general and reaffirmed that Japan shared the same goal of pursuing dialogue to realize nuclear disarmament. He said that Komeito would work closely with the Japanese government to serve as “a bridge” to help bring nuclear and non-nuclear powers closer to a consensus, thereby enabling the recommendations issued by the Group of Eminent Persons to be reflected in the conclusions drawn by the Review Conference to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Secretary-General Guterres thanked Komeito for its efforts of humanitarian aid and peace building in the international society. He noted that Japan, as the only nation to have suffered an atomic bombing, had a vital role in advancing nuclear disarmament, expressing that he held high hopes for Komeito’s initiatives for nuclear abolition.