Tagged: Nuke weapons to transport through Japan by US

Japan admits secret pact -reports

Democratic Under Ground | November 22, 2009 | 3:49PM

A Japanese government team has found documents on an alleged secret pact with the United States to transport nuclear weapons through its territory, after decades of official denial, reports said on Sunday. Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s centre-left government launched a probe into the alleged nuclear pact and other secret agreements with the United States days after it took office in September. The probe team reported to Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada on Friday that it had discovered documents linked to the pact from among thousands of files at the foreign ministry, the Mainichi Shimbun and Yomiuri Shimbun newspapers reported, citing unnamed ministry sources. “Foreign minister admits ‘nuclear secret pact'” declared the headline in the Mainichi Shimbun, while the Yomiuri Shimbun echoed: “Government view likely to change – ‘nuclear secret pact’.”

The existence of the agreement has been denied for decades by previous conservative administrations, even though US documents declassified last month showed US officials believed they had an understanding with Japan when the allies signed a new security treaty in 1960. “The question of black or white will become clear in January. We will clear the burden of previous administrations which had insisted there was no secret pact,” Okada said Saturday, the newspapers reported. Okada will set up a committee of experts to examine the documents before announcing the government’s final judgments in January whether the secret pact did indeed exist, they said.         Continue reading

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