The country adheres to three non-nuclear principles, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida rejected on Monday the prospect of the deployment of U.S. nuclear weapons in the country.

“This is impossible,” he said during a debate in the budget commission of the upper house of parliament. “Our country adheres to three non-nuclear principles.”

The three principals were adopted by the Japanese Parliament in 1971, but do not have the force of law. They mean renouncing the possession, development and import of nuclear weapons. Recently, opinions have been expressed at the expert level in Japan about the expediency of deploying American medium-range missiles in the country as an instrument of military deterrence.

On Sunday, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in one of the TV shows, spoke in favor of starting a discussion about the possibility of deploying U.S. nuclear weapons on the same terms as they are deployed in several NATO countries, including Germany and Italy. According to him, we can talk about the scheme of the so-called “joint use” of such weapons. At the same time, the former Prime Minister noted, Tokyo will strictly adhere to the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Abe now heads the largest faction in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

The NPT was signed in 1968 and legitimized the nuclear arsenals of the United Kingdom, Russia, China, France and the United States, securing them the status of nuclear powers. Other States, after signing the document, are deprived of the right to create or acquire such weapons. More than 190 countries are now parties to the agreement. India, Pakistan and Israel remain outside the treaty. In January 2003, the DPRK withdrew from the agreement.

American tactical nuclear weapons are deployed at six bases in five NATO member countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. According to US non-governmental experts, we are talking about about 150 B61 bombs.