Japan has submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations calling for the abolition of nuclear arms. But the text does not mention the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted by the world body in July.
Japan, the only country to have suffered from atomic-bombings, presented the draft to a UN disarmament committee on Thursday.
The draft underscored the need for a realistic approach toward the elimination of nuclear weapons.
This apparently takes into account the fact that nuclear powers and countries protected by the US nuclear umbrella, such as Japan, are not party to the anti-nuclear weapons treaty.
The draft calls for rebuilding trust and strengthening cooperation among all nations in order to make substantive progress in efforts toward nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
The draft also calls for all nations to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions related to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
Some Japanese government officials expect the draft to face criticism from countries that ask Japan to sign the treaty.
The government will work to gain support from other nations to have the draft adopted at the UN General Assembly in December.
Japan has turned in a similar draft resolution to the UN committee every year since 1994.