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2015年5月18日 (月)

被爆地訪問要請 中国の横やりは容認できない

The Yomiuri Shimbun
China’s attack on Japan’s request at U.N. disarmament confab unacceptable
被爆地訪問要請 中国の横やりは容認できない

Japan simply wants leaders from across the world to visit the sites of atomic bombings to hear and learn about what happened and renew their resolve to abolish nuclear arms. For China as a nuclear power to go out of its way to destroy such a sincere Japanese request cannot be condoned.

The Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons being held at the U.N. headquarters is working to compile documents of agreement on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.

On the 70th anniversary of the war’s end this year, the mission for Japan as the only country to have experienced atomic bombings is to highlight the inhumanity of nuclear arms and encourage nuclear powers to reduce their nuclear arsenals.

An original draft of an outcome document for the U.N. review conference included wording, based on a Japanese request, calling on leaders and young people of the world to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But this was deleted from the draft at the request of China.

To give a reason for its request for deletion, China’s ambassador for disarmament affairs Fu Cong said: “Japan is trying to depict itself not as an offender but as a victim.”

This is an overly selfish assertion that distorts Japan’s intention. China’s argument does not comply with the tenets of the U.N. conference aimed at promoting disarmament. It was very natural that Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga criticized China’s position, saying, “The matter is separate from issues related historical perceptions, so it’s hard to understand China’s assertion.”

Unanimity is the principle for compilation of a document of agreement. But China’s argument for requesting the deletion is unreasonable.

The government is trying to realize the reinstatement of its requested wording in the final document by making such efforts as sending Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama to the ongoing U.N. conference.

Leverage for N-arms cut

If political leaders from various countries of the world have opportunities to listen to the experience of hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) and feel the devastation of atomic bombings, it will serve as a driving force for nuclear disarmament. It is imperative for Japan to explain in detail to the countries concerned the significance of visiting the sites of atomic bombing.

Although Fu said he had “sympathy for the hibakusha,” it cannot be overlooked that he also said, “Japan started the war, and nuclear bombs were used to end the war.”

This statement tramples on the feelings of hibakusha. The inhumane action of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which ended the precious lives of more than 200,000 people, can never be pardoned.

China possesses an estimated 250 nuclear warheads, but has never disclosed the actual number. China is suspected to have been building up its nuclear arsenal, including submarine-launched ballistic missiles, in a move running counter to the global trend toward nuclear disarmament.

Instead of criticizing Japan, Beijing should work toward reducing its nuclear weapons and enhance the transparency of its military buildup.

This year has seen China conducting an anti-Japan propaganda campaign linked to historical perceptions. The campaign is believed to be aimed at emphasizing its position as a victim and a victorious country of World War II.

Japan’s postwar positive contribution to world peace and stability is highly lauded by other countries.

The government must refute precisely China’s unreasonable criticism of Japan.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, May 16, 2015)


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