Implementation of the NPT 13+2 Steps:
is an assessment, from Japanese citizens’ perspectives, of the
Japanese government’s efforts from May 20, 2000 to February 16,
2002 for the implementation of the 13+2 steps, that is, the thirteen
practical steps to implement article VI, plus two steps which are
deeply connected to Japan among the steps on article VII, contained
in the Final Document of 2000 Review Conference of the Treaty on the
Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) that was adopted by
consensus in May 2000.
We have set forth several TASKs for each step, which are
necessary under the present circumstances and are also possible for
Japan to carry out. The TASKs will be different from year to year
according to the changing situation. Among them, we have identified
the “important tasks” which should be given particular focus. We
judge “importance” based on the perspectives of achieving early
elimination of nuclear weapons, the relevant international political
situation, and the Japanese political situation. We have given
grades form A to E, based on a consideration of the Japanese
government’s efforts on each TASK we have set.
l "Explanation of the Reason of Evaluation" explains the details of the task setting and the grounds for the evaluation.
The issuance of the Report Card will be continued every year
until 2005, when the next NPT Review Conference will be held.
evaluation was made by the Evaluation Committee, consisting of the
following ten members.
is remarkable that Japan’s so-called “nuclear disarmament
policy” is directed to “nuclear non-proliferation” rather than
to “nuclear disarmament.”
question of whether Japan is growing out of its nuclear-dependent
policy is the key to measuring whether its efforts are bearing
fruits. As far as Japan continues to be dependent on nuclear
weapons, its behavior would be viewed with suspicion, and it seems
highly likely that Japan will not be able to achieve what it should
achieve even when there are the golden opportunities where Japan
could make use of its influence.
initiatives that reflect the will of the people should be issued,
regardless of whether it is done by parties inside or outside of
power. We cannot go beyond dependence on the US if we leave the
issue in the bureaucrats’ hands.
were struck by the fact that there were few discussions in the
National Diet that could be referred to in the evaluation.
number of staff in charge of disarmament in the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs who work under the political leadership should be increased.
We should seriously consider the establishment of a Disarmament
l Grades D and E should be regarded as failing grades. The overall grade becomes “D- (D Minus)”, which is also a failing grade.
Report Card Evaluation Committee on Nuclear Disarmament
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