Assessing Japan's Nuclear Allergy: Domestic Constraints and International Drivers

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Title Assessing Japan's Nuclear Allergy: Domestic Constraints and International Drivers
Author Griffiths, Martin
Publication Title Online Conference Publications for OCIS 2008
Editor Dr. Melissa Curley
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Online
Publisher University of Queensland
Abstract This paper examines the relative weight of domestic and international determinants of Japan's non-nuclear status in international relations. Japan is an anomaly. It is the only great power that does not possess nuclear weapons, and which has explicitly forsworn their possession for the foreseeable future. What is the best explanation for Japan's 'nuclear allergy'? This paper argues that notwithstanding the continuing unpopularity of nuclear weapons among the Japanese people, a close examination of the historical record suggests that domestic animosity toward nuclear weapons is less important than the international environment in determining Japan's non-nuclear status. In light of this argument, the paper assesses how changes in that environment may impact on Japan's status over the coming years.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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Conference name Oceanic Conference on International Studies
Location University of Queensland
Date From 2008-07-02
Date To 2008-07-04
Date Accessioned 2008-07-22
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute; Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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