Foreign Ministry to launch advisory panel on nuclear nonproliferation
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TOKYO, Jul. 2, 2010 (Kyodo News International) -- The Foreign Ministry will set up an advisory panel consisting of academics and experts on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation to help formulate Japan's diplomatic policy in its endeavor to realize a nuclear-free world, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said Friday.

The five-member panel to be headed by Mitsuru Kurosawa, professor of international law at Osaka Jogakuin College, will hold its first meeting next Tuesday and meet twice a month in principle, the minister said.

Okada told a press conference he expects the panel will provide the government with recommendations with regard to Japan's long-term nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation policy that would cover Tokyo's call for reducing the role of nuclear weapons and engaging non-signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The minister said Japan plans to host foreign ministers' talks on nuclear nonproliferation on the sidelines of a U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York in September and that the panel is tasked with discussing Tokyo's stance for the upcoming meeting.

 

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