Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan is determined to lead efforts to bridge deepening rifts between countries that possess nuclear weapons and those that do not.
Abe delivered an address at the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima on Monday, the anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city in 1945.
Abe said in an apparent reference to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted last year that differences among countries about how to promote nuclear disarmament have become evident in recent years.
He said to achieve "a world without nuclear weapons" people must understand how nuclear bombs can cause tragic results and with this as the starting point, it's necessary to obtain the cooperation of countries with and without such weapons.
Abe said Japan is determined to act as a bridge between the 2 sides, and to be an international leader. He said Japan is committed to the 3 principles of not producing, possessing or allowing nuclear arms on its territory.
Abe also noted that people have an obligation to continue telling future generations about the inhumane nature of nuclear weapons.
He said young people are now sharing what they've heard from survivors and that the Japanese government will positively promote such activities.