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Release of the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR)
(Statement by Foreign Minister HAYASHI Yoshimasa)

October 28, 2022
  1. The U.S. Department of Defense released its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) on - Thursday, October 27.
  2. Japan strongly supports the latest NPR which clearly articulates again the U.S. resolve to ensure the effectiveness of its deterrence and its commitment to providing robust and credible extended deterrence, including nuclear deterrence, to its allies including Japan, in light of the international security environment which has become increasingly severe, in particular, by Russia’s buildup of its nuclear arsenals and its aggression against Ukraine with the threat of nuclear use, continued development of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, and China’s enhancement and modernization of its military power including its nuclear, missile and other capabilities. Japan shares with the U.S. the same recognition of such severe security environment.
  3. Japan will strengthen the deterrence of the Japan-U.S. Alliance by closely consulting on the extended deterrence, including nuclear deterrence, through the Japan-U.S. Extended Deterrence Dialogue and other consultations at various levels.
  4. In the latest NPR, the U.S. expresses that it will pursue a comprehensive and balanced approach that places an emphasis on arms control, non-proliferation, and risk reduction while reiterating the goal of reducing the role of nuclear weapons, and states that it maintains and strengthens the NPT regime and pursues the security environment for enabling further nuclear reductions. Japan, as a state leading realistic and practical efforts towards a world without nuclear weapons, highly appreciates the U.S. position of promoting nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation while ensuring its effective deterrence posture. Japan will continue to closely cooperate with the U.S. to promote tangible nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

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