A Northeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone: A Japanese Perspective

  • Naoko Sajima


In the wake of the disappearance into history of the global and bipolar confrontation between the United States and the former Soviet Union, regional dynamics have become more prominent. This has partially eroded some common norms of behaviour in international politics which was formerly provided by the Cold War tension. Thus the need has arisen to develop a new logic to live in a world in which there is no common threat. In order to work out policy options, a discussion with friends and allies on whether these options can be pursued jointly might be indispensable. Even among the Northeast Asian countries, where the legacies of the confrontation of the Cold War still remain, options to redesign strategies and defence policies should be debated, hopefully at their own initiative. And for that purpose, the circumstances must be made more propitious to encourage such intra-regional debate.


Korean Peninsula Nuclear Weapon Liberal Democratic Party Nuclear Disarmament Nuclear Deterrence 
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