Ja­pan hope­ful of arms meet­ing out­come

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL - From Anthony Ma­liki, Tokyo, Ja­pan

Ja­pan has ex­pressed op­ti­mism at the out­come of the 8th Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion and Dis­ar­ma­ment Ini­tia­tive (NPDI) min­is­te­rial meet­ing sched­uled to be­gin to­mor­row in Hiroshima.

A top of­fi­cial of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of Ja­pan made the re­mark yes­ter­day in Tokyo at a pre-con­fer­ence press brief­ing.

He said at the end of the full meet­ing on Satur­day, there would a re­lease of the “Hiroshima State­ment” which would help check arms pro­lif­er­a­tion and dis­ar­ma­ment around the world.

The of­fi­cial who is of a Di­rec­tor sta­tus gave an over­view of Ja­pan’s ef­forts on nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment em­pha­siz­ing thatthey are real­is­tic and prac­ti­cal steps.

He noted that some of Ja­pan’s ef­forts in­clude ba­sic po­si­tion on dis­ar­ma­ment and non-pro­lif­er­a­tion, in­ter­na­tional ef­forts in­clud­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian ap­proach and hu­man se­cu­rity per­spec­tive and part­ner­ship with civil so­ci­ety.

The of­fi­cial stressed that a “Youth Ex­change Pro­gram” have been in­tro­duced to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for the youths in the NPDI mem­ber coun­tries to learn about the re­al­i­ties of the tragedies caused by the use of atomic bombs and to hear the tes­ti­monies of the people of Hiroshima so that they can deepen their un­der­stand­ing and knowl­edge of the re­al­ity of hor­ri­ble dev­as­ta­tion re­sult­ing from the use of atomic bombs.

Nigeria am­bas­sador to Ja­pan, Mr. God­win Nsude Agbo, would rep­re­sent the min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Am­bas­sador Amin­uWali at the meet­ing.

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