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Monday, 6th April 2009
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Japan supports Obama's anti-nuclear vision

The Japanese government has given its backing to US president Barack Obama's call for a nuclear-free world.

Mr Obama made the statement during a visit to the Czech capital, Prague.

At a press conference, chief cabinet secretary Takeo Kawamura said Japan would continue attempting to strengthen cooperation between countries to eradicate nuclear weapons and ensure the success of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review next year.

"We strongly hope that President Obama's call will foster momentum for nuclear disarmament on a global level that includes the participation of other nuclear weapon states," he commented.

President Obama is currently visiting Turkey, where he has met with the country's president, Abdullah Gul.

Japan is the only country in the world to have been attacked by atomic bombs.

A nuclear weapon was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th 1945, followed by a second attack on Nagasaki on August 9th.

By Mark Smith