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Great majority of Japanese back nuke ban treaty talks: JCP head

NEW YORK -- The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) chief slammed the Japanese government for abstaining from a United Nations conference to negotiate a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons despite the vast majority of Japanese supporting the treaty talks.

"It is such a shame that the Japanese government is absent from this conference. However, the vast majority of the Japanese people strongly support the negotiations," JCP head Kazuo Shii told a March 29 session of the first round of talks on the Nuclear Weapons Convention at the U.N. Headquarters.

Shii stated that through the conclusion of the nuclear arms ban treaty and efforts among civil societies across the globe, "We can press countries that are dependent on nuclear weapons to change their policies and join efforts to abolish nuclear weapons."

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