Kishida to attend NPT review conference in NY

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio will attend a review conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, to be held at the UN headquarters in New York in August.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu told reporters on Tuesday that Kishida will become the first Japanese prime minister to take part in a review conference of the NPT.

Matsuno described the NPT as a foundation of the nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation regime, joined by both nuclear and non-nuclear powers.

He said the Japanese government will make every effort to ensure the conference produces a meaningful outcome.

Matsuno also referred to a separate conference, the first meeting of state parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that will open in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday.

He noted that not a single nuclear power is a party to the treaty.

He said that as the only nation to have experienced nuclear bombings, Japan will pursue a realistic approach toward realizing a nuclear-free world with the engagement of nuclear powers. He added that Japan will not attend the meeting as an observer.