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Kishida says Japan won't seek nuclear sharing with U.S.

Prime minister rejects deterrent idea amid Russian invasion of Ukraine

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, elected from a Hiroshima constituency, has called for a world free of nuclear weapons.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday it is not acceptable for Japan to make a nuclear sharing arrangement with the United States, rejecting the idea of hosting U.S. nuclear weapons as a deterrent amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Kishida said in parliament, "It is unacceptable given our country's stance of maintaining the three nonnuclear principles," following a call by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the previous day to discuss the option of nuclear sharing.

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