Japans part at the Nuclear Summit – Nuclear Secruity Center Proposed by Hatoyama

A summit aimed at thwarting nuclear terrorism began in Washington with a working dinner Monday, with host U.S. President Barack Obama hoping to bring to fruition his goal of securing nuclear materials from theft or diversion within four years.

In addition to Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and representatives from 45 other nations are taking part in the two-day Nuclear Security Summit, which Obama proposed to host during his landmark speech in Prague last April.

Following full-fledged discussions Tuesday, the meeting will close in the evening with a joint communique expected to press for international efforts to strengthen safeguards against the theft and purchase of nuclear materials or technologies by terrorists.

During his speech at the one-and-a-half-hour banquet, Hatoyama, who has said he wants to fulfill his responsibility as leader of the only nation to have experienced atomic bombings, proposed establishing a nuclear security support center in Japan and conducting a $6.1 million support project with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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Mommy’s Money – Hatoyama pledges to resign if caught in a lie over political funding

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama pledged to end his parliamentary career if found to have lied in political funding scandal.

Political donations from his mother were falsely reported as small donations from individuals.

These new allegations of scandalous funding add more wood to the fire as aides of the prime minister and the Democratic Party of Japan Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa are being indicted or arrested as well.

Hatoyama said, “I have never obtained personal profit. I am not qualified to be wearing the badge of a Diet member (if I lied about not knowing of my mother’s donations).”