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

  • Naoko Sajima

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Korean Peninsula Nuclear Weapon Liberal Democratic Party Nuclear Disarmament Nuclear Deterrence 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    For instance Shinichi Ogawa, ‘Nihon oyobi chosennhannto no hikakuchitaika’ (‘Denuclearisation of Japan and Korean Peninsula’), Gaikojiho 1340 (July—August 1997), pp. 18–33;Google Scholar
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    About the recent boom of anti-Japan publications in South Korea, see details in Katsuhiro Kuroda, Kankoku-Hannnichi Syndrome (’Anti-Japan Syndrome in Korea’), (Tokyo: Akishobo, 1995).Google Scholar
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    Cf ‘Policy with regard to nuclear weapons should focus on maximising the benefits of nuclear deterrence, whilst minimising the potential harm’; Ron Smith, ’Nuclear Weapons: The Good and the Bad’, New Zealand International Review 21 (January/February 1996), p. 26.Google Scholar
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    Alyn Ware, ‘The Nuclear Bomb: A Weapon in Search of a Target’, New Zealand International Review 21 (July/August 1996), p. 26.Google Scholar
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    Mel Gurtov, ‘South Korea’s Foreign Policy and Future Security: Implications of the Nuclear Standoff’, Pacific Affairs 69 (Spring 1996), p. 23. Or see his view in ’Prospects for Korea—U.S.—Japan Triangular Security Relations’, in Manwoo Lee and Richard W. Mansbach, eds, The Changing Order on Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula (Seoul and Boulder: Institute for Far Eastern Studies and Westview, 1993), pp. 126–8.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    For details see Matake Kamiya, Will Japan Go Nuclear? Myth and Reality (Wellington: Centre for Strategic Studies, Working Paper No. 1/95, 1995).Google Scholar

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