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OPINION_ Japan should acquire nuclear weapons to deter China and North Korea


Northeast Asia  -  Opinion

Japan should acquire nuclear weapons to deter China and North Korea 

By Todd Royal

April 3, 2017 2:43 AM (UTC+8)

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Since the end of the Second World War Japan has relied on the US-led liberal order for its prosperity, peace, and security. However, with the threat of North Korean nuclear weapons and China’s claim to a large part of the South China Sea, the hostility towards Japanese national security hasn’t been this virulent since the war years. And now, with the US pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which had been in negotiations for more than nine years, the rules-based order Japan has relied upon for decades is in decline.

This leaves the Japanese vulnerable to economic retaliation from China, which has imposed sanctions on South Korea over its deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. China won’t thwart North Korea’s military ambitions because it maintains historical animosity towards Japan over its actions before and during the Second World War. North Korea’s recent missile launches have underscored the existential threat to Japan. Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program, recently said:

“The North Koreans’ recent behavior was the sort you see from a state that is planning to deploy nuclear weapons to its military units.”



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