Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio says he will work to realize a world without nuclear weapons, based on a relationship of trust between Japan and the United States.
Kishida made the remark in a TV Asahi news program on Tuesday. He said it is important for countries without nuclear weapons to advocate their ideals, but nothing will change in reality unless they get nuclear-armed states to take action.
Kishida said that Japan's sole ally, the United States, is the world's largest nuclear power. He suggested that, based on trust with the US, Japan will aim for a world without nuclear weapons, envisioned by the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
He said it is important for Japan to take concrete actions, while signaling its ideals.
The treaty came into force in January. But nuclear powers, as well as Japan and other countries protected by the US nuclear umbrella, have not signed it.
On relations with China, Kishida said stability is important, but Japan will say what needs to be said. He said Japan will maintain this balance in the bilateral relationship.