The text of the letter from the U.S. government

MAY 05 2009

The Honorable Kazuo Shii
Chairperson of the Executive Committee
Japanese Communist Party
Member of the House of Representatives, National Diet
The Central Committee of the Japan Communist Party
4-24-7 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, Japan 151-8586

Dear Mr. Shii:

President Obama asked me to respond on his behalf and thank you for your letter of April 28 in which you shared your impressions of his speech in Prague and conveyed your views on how we can best achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.

We appreciate your passion for this issue and look forward to working with the Government of Japan to make concrete progress towards this goal. If countries worldwide make a strong commitment to strengthening the Nuclear

Nonproliferation Treaty, the rapid start of negotiations on a treaty to ban the production of fissile material for use in nuclear weapons, and to the entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, we can shift perceptions and build new momentum toward a nuclear-weapons free world.

Thank you again for your thoughtful correspondence.

Sincerely yours,

Glyn T. Davies, Acting /S/

– Akahata, May 20, 2009

The Central Committee of the Japanese Communist Party
4-26-7 Sendagaya,Shibuya-ku,Tokyo 151-8586