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Japan has been asked by Switzerland to endorse a joint statement to be issued by the preparatory committee for the next Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review meeting, urging that atomic weapons not be used under any circumstances, government sources said Sunday.

Some Foreign Ministry officials, however, including those in charge of security policy, are opposed to endorsing it, given Japan’s policy of sustaining deterrence by hiding under the nuclear umbrella of the United States, they said.

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