Kishida mulls attending nuclear weapons conference

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is considering attending the review conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in August.

Kishida would be the first Japanese leader to attend the meeting. He is expected to make a final decision after an Upper House election in July.

The conference is usually held every five years. It will next be held in New York, after being repeatedly postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday, Kishida stressed Japan's commitment to helping achieve a meaningful outcome.

He also pointed out that the use of nuclear weapons by Russia is being discussed as a real possibility.