Osaka mayor claims nuclear arms abolition 'impossible'
Japan's outspoken mayor of Osaka Toru Hashimoto said that it is impossible to abolish nuclear weapons and that Japan is 'peace-addicted'.
"It would impossible, given the current international political situation to abolish nuclear weapons", Hashimoto, also head of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), said.
"Japan is a little bit peace-addicted. Who can abolish nuclear weapons even if Japan is eager to achieve it?" he added.
According to the Japan Times, he also indicated that he would accept the entry of nuclear weapons into Japan, currently banned under the country's 'three non-nuclear principles'.
"It could be possible as Japan is protected under the nuclear power of the United States," he said
He said that if nuclear weapons are actually being brought in "we need to open it up to the public for debate'.
The three principles prohibit Japan from possessing, producing or introducing any nuclear arms into its territory, the report said.
"We basically need to adhere to the principles, but we should not lie about the entry of nuclear arms in terms of security," Hashimoto said.
According to the report, earlier this month, Hashimoto said his party would not allow Japan to possess nuclear arms, while accepting debate about it.