information about Fukushima published in English in Japanese media
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5 Mai 2017
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May 5, 2017
(Kyodo) -- Izumi Nakamitsu, the new U.N. undersecretary general and high representative for disarmament affairs, said Thursday she will throw her full support behind negotiations to ban nuclear weapons.
In an interview with Kyodo News, the 53-year-old Nakamitsu said she will pay an official visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki this summer, if invited, with the aim of making an appeal to the international community for disarmament from the atom-bombed Japanese cities.
Nakamitsu, who assumed the new posts on Monday, gave her blessing to the view held by non-nuclear countries in favor of an international treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons that such an accord would complement the regime of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
She also said it is "critically important" to make a success of an NPT review conference to be held in 2020. Unlike the U.N.-backed talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty, which began in March, the NPT review process involves major nuclear powers.
Nakamitsu said she hopes Japan, the world's sole country to have suffered nuclear attacks, will serve as a "bridge" between nuclear and non-nuclear nations.
She added that she is also keen to step in when necessary, saying, "It is my very important role to play to provide political facilitation."
Turning to North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear development programs, Nakamitsu said they are "unacceptable to the international community."
She also pointed to the need to "think about what steps we should take toward the path of dialogue," adding the United Nations is willing to serve as an intermediary if asked by the parties concerned.
In addition to her own visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, she said U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has started scheduling a similar trip.
Nakamitsu said the U.S. atomic bombing of the two Japanese cities in August 1945 was "the biggest incident in human history." She said she heard her father talk about the mushroom cloud he saw at the time of the nuclear attack on Nagasaki from neighboring Kumamoto Prefecture.
A native of Tokyo, Nakamitsu joined the United Nations in 1989 and has been assistant secretary general and assistant administrator at the U.N. Development Program's Crisis Response Unit since November 2014.
Previously, she served as director of the Asia and Middle East division, as well as director of the division of policy, evaluation and training with the United Nations' peacekeeping department.
Her extensive career at the international body has included posts in and out of New York, including serving under former Secretary General Kofi Annan as part of his reform team and at the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in the former Yugoslavia, Turkey and northern Iraq.
Nakamitsu was also a professor of international relations at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo between 2005 and 2008.
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