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Okinawa Prefecture assured ‘no nukes’ in White Beach

Date Posted: 2010-07-01

Japan’s Foreign Ministry has provided assurances that no U.S. warships carrying nuclear weapons have entered the American Navy’s White Beach Port since 1991.

The research leading to the Foreign Ministry’s assertion came in response to queries from the Okinawa Prefecture government. The Foreign Ministry denies any such visits have taken since America announced in 1991 its intent to remove all tactical nuclear weapons from U.S. warships. The ministry said it is difficult to respond with any degree of certainty what may have happened before 1991, saying none are entering “as of this moment, based on U.S. nuclear policy.”

The Foreign Ministry has declined to comment on the question of what Japan would do if a U.S. request for permission to transport nuclear weapons into Japan in a time of emergency was made. The Foreign Ministry also said Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s administration maintains the principle of not possessing nor producing nuclear weapons, and not allowing nuclear weapons onto Japanese soil.

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