January 5 According to a report by Japan’s Sankei Shimbun on January 4, several relevant people in the Japanese government recently revealed that the Japanese government intends to request the use of American nuclear weapons to defend Japan in the first summit talks between Prime Minister Yoshihiro Kan and Biden, who will become President of the United States. Joint statement of the Japanese and American heads of state.
Given the instability of the international situation caused by the spread of the coronavirus, Japan hopes that the provision of “nuclear umbrella” by the United States will become a clear provision.
Because it is illegal to engage in diplomatic negotiations with Biden and his camp before he officially took office, Japan intends to ask Prime Minister Yoshihiro Kan to visit the United States after Biden takes office to promote the adjustment of the wording of the joint statement.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held their first talks with US President Trump in February 2017.
After the meeting, the joint statement clearly recorded the use of “American nuclear weapons and conventional combat power” to participate in Japan’s defense.
According to the report, some people within the Japanese government also believe that after the release of the Japan-US joint statement in 2017, there is no need to confirm “expansion of nuclear containment” at present.
However, during Biden’s Obama administration as vice president, there was a trend to discuss not taking the lead in the use of nuclear weapons.
There are concerns within the Japanese government that a “second” Obama administration may appear as Biden’s presidency of the United States is already in a certain way.
The requirement to re-write the content of the “nuclear umbrella” into the joint statement also means three chapters in advance.