Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Adoption of the Draft Resolution on Nuclear Disarmament Submitted by Japan to the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly

October 29, 2004

  1. The Government of Japan welcomes and highly values the fact that its draft resolution on nuclear disarmament "A Path to the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons" was adopted by an overwhelming majority at the First Committee Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on October 28th New York time (Japan time: October 29th).

  2. The Government of Japan has annually submitted draft resolutions on nuclear disarmament to the United Nations General Assembly since 1994 and has enjoyed overwhelming support from the international community. Inspired by the strong national sentiment calling for the total elimination of nuclear weapons, Japan, as the only nation in the world to have suffered atomic bombing, submitted a draft resolution this year as well. The resolution is based on the fundamental position that places great importance on realization of a peaceful and safe world free of nuclear weapons through a steady continuation of a "practical and incremental" approach toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons. This draft resolution was adopted with large support.

  3. Japan considers that it is particularly important to further increase an international momentum for nuclear disarmament in the lead-up to 2005 NPT Review Conference. Following the adoption of its draft resolution, Japan intends to continue and intensify its diplomatic efforts in the area of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

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