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2008年6月17日 (火)


2008/6/17 --The Asahi Shimbun, June 16(IHT/Asahi: June 17,2008)

EDITORIAL: Japan-Australia ties


Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd began his visit to Japan at an unusual location: Hiroshima, the city on which the world's first atomic bomb was dropped.

"Let the world resolve afresh, from the ashes of this city, to work together for the common mission of peace for this Asia-Pacific century, and for a world where one day nuclear weapons are no more." This was his entry in the visitors' book at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

Rudd's aim was clear. Despite the passage of many years since the end of the Cold War, the threat of nuclear weapons has not dissipated.



狙いははっきりしていた。 冷戦が終わって久しいのに、核の脅威は減らない。


We have seen the emergence of countries like North Korea and Iran with ambitions to become nuclear powers. And the nightmare scenario of nuclear arms falling into the hands of terrorists is also becoming more realistic.



We must strengthen our efforts to make this world nuclear free. The Australian prime minister must have wanted to send that message.


He also announced the creation of an international commission of experts with Gareth Evans, Australia's former foreign minister and acclaimed expert on national security issues, as a co-head. Rudd called on Japan to participate in the commission.


Rudd intends for the commission to put together a proposal for the disarmament, nonproliferation and elimination of nuclear weapons to be presented at the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to be held in two years.


In the current world, perhaps in reaction to the deepening crisis, there are new dynamics that seek to rid the world of nuclear arms.


Last year, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of Defense William Perry and others issued a joint proposal to realize a world without nuclear weapons.


The proposal listed a number of former protagonists of U.S. nuclear strategy as advocates for a nuclear-free world.



(advocates=(…の)支持者,擁護者,運動家,唱道者,主張者《 of...  an of disarmament  軍縮平和唱道者)

It is probably safe to say that efforts toward the elimination of nuclear weapons-- which was once considered too idealistic-- are now reaching a new level of reality. The Rudd proposal is one example. The Japanese government should support it and actively cooperate.


(Idealistic= 理想主義の、理想主義者の、理想家の)

The Australian prime minister issued yet another proposal worthy of attention during his visit in Japan: the creation of a cooperation framework in the Asia-Pacific region dealing not only with economic issues but also security and other issues.


Along with Japan and Australia, Rudd also called for cooperation from China, countries in Southeast Asia, India, Russia, the United States, Taiwan and others. This proposal seems to be on a similar wavelength with Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's foreign policy doctrine, which proposes a regional cooperation framework, including the United States.



Rudd, a former diplomat, emphasized the importance of China by giving a lecture in fluent Chinese and offering other initiatives during his visit to that country in spring. This is not surprising given China's rising role in both politics and economics.


The times have changed since Shinzo Abe was prime minister. U.S. President George W. Bush and then-Australian Prime Minister John Howard would talk about cooperating in a way that could be construed as a plan to "encircle China."


(construe=~として解釈する、説明する) (encircle=取り囲む、包囲網)

The relationship between Japan and Australia is not without contention. Japan's research whaling, for example, has been harshly criticized by Australia.



But there are so many issues, such as global warming, natural resources and the food crisis, in which the two countries share a stake.



We hope Japan and Australia can become partners that work and sweat together on numerous issues, including those on a global scale.



--The Asahi Shimbun, June 16(IHT/Asahi: June 17,2008)

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