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Japan: Kishida will be 1st Japanese PM to participate in NPT

Kishida has many times said that Japan could become a country that will promote the idea of a nuclear-free world.

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Tokyo: Fumio Kishida will become the first prime minister of Japan who will participate in the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Japanese Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

“From July 31 to August 1, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will make a visit to New York where he will take part in the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and deliver a speech. He will become the first Japanese prime minister who will participate in the conference,” the ministry said in a statement.

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Kishida has many times said that Japan could become a country that will promote the idea of a nuclear-free world. He took part in the 2015 conference as the then-foreign minister of Japan. Kishida’s ancestors lived in Hiroshima which is one of the two cities — along with Nagasaki — hit by nuclear attacks in 1945.

The NPT is an international treaty that aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology and promote cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy by furthering the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament.

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