Japan yesterday announced it would retain a decades-old, self-imposed ban on manufacturing, possessing or permitting the presence of nuclear weapons on its territory, Jiji Press reported (see GSN, Feb. 26).
The nation's government reaffirmed its commitment to the principles after an investigation confirmed the existence of a secret agreement, reached in the 1960s, permitting the United States to move nuclear-armed vessels through Japan without providing notice to Tokyo.
The agreement resulted from clashing interpretations of a security arrangement the sides had reached in 1960, according to the panel that conducted the probe on the secret pact. The committee is expected to release its findings in the near future.
The principles remain relevant as Japan pursues the goal of global nuclear disarmament, according to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama (Jiji Press, March 5).