Japan supports Obama's offer to cut U.S. strategic nuke weapons

Japan supports U.S. President Barack Obama's offer to reduce U.S. strategic nuclear weapons by one-third, the government's top spokesman said Thursday, emphasizing the fact Japan is the only country to have been subjected to atomic bombing.

"Mr. Obama showed a positive attitude toward further nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, and Japan is willing to support (the stance)," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference.

"Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic bombing. We hope that other countries with nuclear weapons will also follow suit and that moves toward nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation will gain further momentum," Suga added.

In his speech at the historic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Wednesday, Obama proposed to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. defense capabilities, saying, "So long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe."

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida also threw support behind the United States, saying in a statement that Japan was "reassured" by Obama saying deterrence would be maintained and the safety of U.S. allies would not be compromised even after the envisaged cut.

The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastated by the U.S. atomic bombing near the end of World War II in 1945.