Armitage & Nye tell Japan to keep nuclear power generation
October 28, 2012
The third Armitage-Nye Report released in August requests that Japan maintain and promote nuclear energy, facilitate its entry into the TPP agreement, continue participating in sea-lane defense, and review the ban on the use of the right to collective self-defense.
During the symposium, Nye said that Japanís ďzeroĒ-nuclear policy is unacceptable. Armitage said that it is important for Japan to reinterpret the Constitution in terms of the right to collective self-defense. Campbell put his hopes on Japanís entry into the TPP pact as it has the potential to overhaul trade relations in the region.
In response to their comments, Foreign Minister Genba expressed Japanís commitment to realize their demands and aspirations.
Also speaking at the symposium, Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party Ishiba Shigeru strongly sided with the U.S. heavyweights by saying that he will make every possible effort to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance and enable Japan to have the ability to exercise its right to collective self-defense. He even mentioned the creation of a Japanese version of a marine force.
The symposium showed how far the two major parties are distanced from public opinion.