Like clockwork

And indeed Defense Minister Kitazawa has come out and declared (jp) that the renegotiation of the 3 non-nuclear principles is off the table.

Kitazawa said that the panel was free to put whatever it wants into the report, but said that changing the principles was impossible and that the position of the government was clear on this point.

Still, it is interesting that in the matter of a few years nuclear issues in Japan have come from being completely taboo to being permissible to discuss in public. The government certainly did not feel compelled to address the issue immediately as it might have done so before, taking four days to do so.

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