Akira Kawasaki | The first and foremost explanation is that Northeast Asian states are still deeply dependent on the Cold War-type thinking that nuclear weapons constitute the central component of their national security.
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The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will be visiting Tokyo next month. One of the key agenda during the visit would be to finalise the agreement for supply of nuclear technology from Japan to India, which will help set up nuclear power plants in Jaitapur and Kovvada, being imported from France and the US.
Last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling right-wing-conservative coalition won a majority of seats in Japan’s upper house election last Sunday. Depressing? Yes. Bad for Japan (and the world)? Yes. But elections are not just black-and-white, winner-takes-it-all events. We can give in to feelings of defeat, or we can shift our attention to all the good that came out of this election.
The Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have spoken out strongly against the proposed agreement which the Japanese PM might sign during his visit to India this weekend. In an extraordinary move, the two mayors – Kazumi Matsui and Tomihisa Taue – held a press conference issuing a joint statement and urged PM Shinzo Abe to abandon the nuclear supply agreement with India.