Japan seeks deeper security alliance with U.S., global nuclear disarmament: report

13:40, April 06, 2010      

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Japan will look to strengthen its security ties with the United States and spearhead a global movement to abolish nuclear weapons this year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a report released Tuesday.

The Diplomatic Blue Book 2010, MOFA's annual report on Japanese diplomacy, outlined the significance of the Japan-U.S. security alliance calling the deepening of this relationship "an important task" as there remain in proximity to Japan "uncertain elements."

MOFA's report punctuated the scope and longevity of the alliance stating that it has "effectively served as a basic framework to secure the stability and development of the Asia- Pacific region in the postwar period."

The report went on to say that the year 2010 is significant to Japan's crusade for a nuclear weapon-free world, pointing out that major forums such as the April 12-13 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington and the conference in May to review the operation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York, were important platforms for Japan to voice its opinions.

The paper said Japan will "play a meaningful role" in nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation through talks with concerned nations.

The document also said Japan will promote its long-term vision of establishing an "East Asian community" through concerted efforts to promote and enhance regional cooperation in the community, such areas as trade, investment, finance and environmental protection.

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