“There can be no way to protect our country just by advocating non-nuclearism,” declared the granddaughter of a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
The Ukraine crisis has made it clear that the the threat of nuclear war again looms over the world. Japan should lead pragmatic discussions on deterrence.
The newly proposed action plan should make progress, but by itself it will not protect Japan from the very real nuclear threats it faces today.
President Joe Biden’s declaration that the US would help defend Taiwan enhances deterrence in the region. Japan too should be proactive in this respect.
Japan’s Self-Defense Forces do not possess nuclear weapons, yet nuclear deterrence represents the bedrock of our national security.