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Japan's Opposition Blasts PM Kishida's Silence on Depleted Uranium Ammo to Ukraine

© AFP 2023 / KAZUHIRO NOGIJapan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (C) answers questions during a budget committee session of the upper house at parliament in Tokyo on March 27, 2023.
Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (C) answers questions during a budget committee session of the upper house at parliament in Tokyo on March 27, 2023. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.03.2023
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida paid a surprise visit to Ukraine to meet with Volodymyr Zelensky a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Moscow. Both visits came as the announcement of future DU ammo supplies to Ukraine hit the headlines.
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has been condemned by the opposition for staying tight-lipped on the UK's announced delivery of depleted uranium ammunition to the Kiev regime, according to media reports.
Taro Yamamoto, leader of the opposition party Reiwa Shinsengumi, is said to have raised the issue at a budget committee meeting in the Japanese parliament's upper house.

“Mr Prime Minister, do you intend to encourage the UK not to send such shells?” the politician is cited as asking Kishida.

The head of the Japanese government ostensibly dodged giving a direct answer, saying something to the effect that, “despite studies on the negative effects on human health, no concrete results have been obtained”. However, Yamamoto would not let up, pressing further:

“Actually, such munitions could already be classified as nuclear weapons, ... and it was found that there is a risk of cancer … Mr. Prime Minister, during your meeting with Zelensky, did you ask him not to use ammunition with depleted uranium? ‘

Kishida is said to have responded by saying that, “As for depleted uranium weapons, I didn’t say anything specific about it in my meeting with Zelensky."
The opposition leader then slammed this response as sending a "bad message," and added, as a parting "broadside", that the Prime Minister himself was "from Hiroshima.”
The US dropped two atomic bombs – plutonium Fat Man and gun-type uranium Little Boy - on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in August 1945. The bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, mostly Japanese civilians. Neither Hiroshima nor Nagasaki hosted any key military installations whatsoever.
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