4th Day of the Visit to the US; UN Security Council Summit on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Nuclear Disarmament; Address at the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly; and Pittsburgh G-20 Summit
In the statement, Prime Minister Hatoyama declared once more Japan's firm commitment to the Three Non-Nuclear Principles, stating that, "Japan chose not to possess nuclear weapons even after achieving its postwar reconstruction. Japan has chosen this path to prevent the vicious cycle of a nuclear arms race. Japan made this choice because it saw moral responsibility in doing so as the only victim of nuclear bombings. Each time neighboring countries take further steps in nuclear development, some suspect that Japan might want to go nuclear. It is only because they do not understand our firm determination not to acquire nuclear weapons and to fulfill our responsibility to act as the state to have suffered from atomic bombings." The Prime Minister also reiterated Japan's determination to lead international efforts in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, in addition to renouncing the possession of nuclear weapons.
Prime Minister Hatoyama then delivered an address at the 64th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
At the outset of the address, Prime Minister Hatoyama said, "My new administration embodies the dynamism of democracy and will exert all efforts to address both domestic affairs and foreign policy challenges through our 'all-Japan' lineup." He also stated that "Japan will make utmost efforts to become a 'bridge' for the world," and addressed the delegates regarding five challenges that Japan intends to take on in serving as this "bridge": measures to respond to the global economic crisis; efforts to address the climate change issue; the challenge of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation; issues of peacebuilding, development, and poverty; and the building of an East Asian community."
In the afternoon, Prime Minister Hatoyama left New York for Pittsburgh, where the G-20 Summit is to be held. After the opening reception in the evening hosted by Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, Prime Minister Hatoyama attended the working dinner for national leaders. The Prime Minister stated that Japan would continue to place importance on the G-20 Summit, that efforts needed to be made to incorporate the opinions of the non-members of the G-20 Summit, and that Japan would make contributions to that end.
Prime Minister Hatoyama also held talks with Mr. Tsuyoshi Takagi, President of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (RENGO), and other participants in the G-20 Labor Summit.
- 1st Day of the Visit to the US / Japan-China Summit Meeting (The Prime Minister in action)
- 2nd Day of the Visit to the US / United Nations Summit on Climate Change / Meeting with the Secretary-General of the United Nations (The Prime Minister in action)
- 3rd Day of the Visit to the US / Japan-US, Japan-Russia, Japan-Australia, Japan-ROK Summit Meetings (September 23, 2009) (The Prime Minister in action)
- 5th Day of the Visit to the US / Pittsburgh G-20 Summit / Press Conference, etc. (September 26, 2009) (The Prime Minister in action)
- Statement by Prime Minister Hatoyama at the UN Security Council Summit on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Nuclear Disarmament (24 September 2009)
- Resolution 1887 (24 September 2009) (International Atomic Energy Agency)
- Address by Prime Minister Hatoyama at the 64th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (24 September 2009)