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

Yukio Hatoyama's "Yu-Ai" -- Message from the Prime Minister
(provisional translation of the Japanese version of the Hatoyama Cabinet E-mail Magazine, which is delivered on Thursdays)

Prime Minister HatoyamaProfile Japanese

"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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