Statement by Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the 40th Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

March 5, 2010

  1. On March 5 (Fri), the NPT, which is a cornerstone of the international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime, marked its 40th anniversary since its entry into force in the year 1970. Japan highly values this treaty, with its 190 states parties, for having contributed to the realization and maintenance of international peace and security.

  2. There has been a growing global trend towards the advancement of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in response to increasing threats of nuclear proliferation and concerns of nuclear terrorism in the international community. In order for the international community to deal with such issues and challenges, the international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime with the NPT as its basis also needs further strengthening.

  3. In this regard, I appeal to the international community to be unified toward maintaining and strengthening the NPT regime. Japan intends to play an active role at the Global Nuclear Security Summit in April and the 2010 NPT Review Conference in May, thus contributing toward achieving “a world without nuclear weapons”.