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2010年04月24日

Hatoyama Cabinet E-mail Magazine No. 27 (April 16, 2010)

"Preparing against the threat of nuclear terrorism"

I returned from Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night. I left for
the United States on Monday for a three-day, one-night stay to
attend the Washington Nuclear Security Summit, which brought
together 47 nations, the United Nations, the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA), and the European Union.

Nuclear terrorism, such as the theft of not only nuclear weapons
but also nuclear materials, construction of "dirty bombs" (bombs
designed to disperse radioactive materials), and obstruction and
destruction of nuclear facilities, transport vessels, and others,
exists as a major threat to the international community requiring
urgent response. The Nuclear Security Summit was held for the first
time in order for the international community to work together as
one to combat this threat.

I gave the keynote speech at the working dinner hosted by President
Barack Obama of the United States.

In the speech, I made four concrete proposals: (1) establish an
integrated support center within this year to contribute to the
strengthening of nuclear security in Asian countries, (2) establish
technologies related to measurement and detection of nuclear
material and nuclear forensics with more precise and accurate
capabilities through cooperation with the United States within
three years and share these technologies with other countries,
(3) contribute human and financial resources to IAEA nuclear
security programs, and (4) host an international conference of the
World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) this year in Japan.

The plenary session of the Summit later adopted a communique as
a result of vigorous debate.

Following President Obama's call to secure all vulnerable nuclear
materials around the world within four years, the leaders affirmed
the responsibility of each nation to ensure effective management of
nuclear material and security of nuclear facilities, and agreed
that each nation would work in concert to advance nuclear security.

During my visit to the United States, I held several leaders'
meetings in the wings of the Summit.

During the working dinner, I told President Obama, who was seated
beside me, that Minister for Foreign Affairs Katsuya Okada and US
Ambassador John Roos were conducting negotiations on the issue of
the relocation of Futenma Air Station, and asked for his
cooperation with a view to the sustainable development of the Japan-
US alliance.

With President Hu Jintao of China, I requested the early
commencement of negotiations over the development of natural
resources in the East China Sea so as to also turn the East China
Sea into a Sea of Fraternity, and exchanged other remarks.

With President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, I communicated that while
Japan intended to cooperate in the modernization of the Russian
economy, I wanted to have full-fledged discussions on the Northern
Territories Issue -- the other one of the two wheels on the same
axle -- by conducting many summit meetings this year, since it was
a political question, and received his agreement.


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