New Japanese bill stirs anxiety in the Pacific


Archive: First published on Aug 27, 2015

By Niklas Brandt Pedersen

A new bill due to be passed by the Diet could counteract the longstanding Japanese opposition against nuclear weapons.

Japan’s Defence Minister, Gen Nakatani, says the bill will formally allow the military to transport nuclear weapons of foreign forces.

This proposition goes against one of the three non-nuclear principles of Japan, which states that the country shall not possess, manufacture or let nuclear weapons be transported on their soil.

Reporter: Niklas Brandt Pedersen

Naoe Hashimoto. vice-chairman of the Japanese Society of Auckland
Vicky Lee, Commemoration Attendee
Anna Lee, Organiser from Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Dr Stephen Hoadley, Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at Auckland University
Tim Wright, Asia-Pacific director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons(ICAN)

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