Hatoyama to vow action in first U.N. address

NEW YORK (Kyodo) Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is set to vow in a speech at the United Nations on Thursday to act to combat the economic crisis and global warming and to achieve nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, while calling on the world for international coordination to help control globalization.

Hatoyama is poised to express Japan’s willingness to do its best to serve as a bridge for the world between East and West, between industrialized and developing nations, and among various cultures based on the spirit of fraternity, in delivering a speech at the U.N. General Assembly.

As part of his government’s efforts to steer Japan out of recession, Hatoyama, who heads the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and took office about a week ago, will introduce such measures as child allowances on the world stage.

With the new government reviewing the nation’s economic policies, Japan will undoubtedly achieve a recovery, according to a draft speech by the 62-year-old new Japanese leader.

Japan needs to address globalization properly, arguing that globalization could also cause the widening of income gaps, it says.

The world faces the challenge of extending the light side (of globalization) as well as controlling the dark side, the draft says, urging the world to coordinate to create a system designed to rein in excessive market-based approaches.

He will again reiterate Japan’s pledge to aim to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels, a target that won praise when he declared it at a U.N. summit on climate change on Tuesday.

Japan will pledge such an ambitious goal as it simply hopes to serve as a “bridge” between countries with differing interests and protect the Earth for future generations.

On the nuclear challenge, Hatoyama will note that Japan in particular is a country that can call for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation “most convincingly” because it is the only nation to have experienced atomic bombings and as one that advocates three non-nuclear principles of not producing, possessing or allowing nuclear weapons on its territory “despite its potential capability to possess them.”

Calling North Korea’s nuclear test and missile firings a threat to peace and safety in the region and the entire international community, Hatoyama is set to say Japan “cannot tolerate” such acts and will continue to make efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula through the six-party framework.

On Japan-North Korea relations, Japan aims to solve the abduction issue and nuclear and missile problems in line with the 2002 Pyongyang Declaration.