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WorldDisputing colleague, new Japan minister calls no-nukes policy 'unrealistic'

10:35  12 september  2019
10:35  12 september  2019 Source:

Japan PM to shake up cabinet, bringing in rising star

Japan PM to shake up cabinet, bringing in rising star Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to appoint new foreign and defence ministers and promote a popular rising political star in a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday. The widely reported make-up of the new cabinet will fuel speculation about a successor to Abe, who is expected to step down in 2021 and is on track to become the country's longest-serving prime minister later this year. 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared last week that Japan would not change its non-nuclear policy , despite North Korea's Oct. Aso said Tokyo had no plans to develop the weapons, though he suggested to the committee that it was odd that Japan had never openly discussed it.

WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed concern over the possible nuclear weapons policy of “no first use” being considered by the Obama administration, according If Obama were to declare a no first use policy , it would represent a landmark change in the U.S. nuclear posture.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Ridding Japan of nuclear power completely is unrealistic, the new industry minister said on Thursday, toeing the government's line but contradicting comments made a day earlier by the new environment minister.

Disputing colleague, new Japan minister calls no-nukes policy 'unrealistic' © Reuters/ISSEI KATO Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Sugawara attends a news conference at PM Abe's official residence in Tokyo

"There are risks and fears about nuclear power," industry and trade minister Isshu Sugawara told reporters a day after his appointment by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a cabinet reshuffle.

"But 'zero-nukes' is, at the moment and in the future, not realistic," he added.

The comments by Sugawara, himself formerly an anti-nuclear advocate, were at odds with those made by new environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi, who said on Wednesday he wanted Japan to close down nuclear reactors to avoid a repeat of the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011.

(Reporting by Ritsuko Shimizu; Writing by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by David Dolan)

Iran takes further step to decrease nuclear commitments.
Iran said on Friday it has taken a step to further scale back Tehran's commitments to a 2015 nuclear deal, Iran's ISNA news agency reported. MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 2, 2019: Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif gives a joint news conference with the minister of foreign affairs of Russia.

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