13 Avril 2016
The Japanese government intends to work toward nuclear disarmament by mediating between nuclear and non-nuclear countries. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has expressed willingness to take the initiative in international negotiations.
He spoke with NHK on Monday after the meeting of the Group of 7 foreign ministers in the city of Hiroshima.
Kishida said a party must act as a bridge between nuclear and non-nuclear powers to foster the cooperation needed to achieve concrete, practical results.
He said Japan fits the requirements as the only nation to have experienced atomic bombings.
The G7 foreign ministers, including those from the nuclear-armed nations of the United States, Britain and France, visited Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park on Monday.
They issued a declaration that focuses on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
The Japanese government considers it significant that the G7 nations, including nuclear and non-nuclear nations, pledged commitment to creating a world without nuclear weapons.
Non-nuclear weapon states have proposed an immediate legal ban on nuclear arms. But nuclear powers oppose the idea.