July 29, 1993 |
Foreign Minister Kabun Muto said Wednesday that Japan must have the will to build nuclear weapons if necessary to defend itself against a North Korean nuclear threat, the Nihon Keizai newspaper reported. Muto made the statement only to Japanese reporters at a news conference in Singapore after assuring the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations that Japan would offer unqualified support for an indefinite extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
July 9, 1993 |
In a move rich in historical irony, Japan backed away Thursday from its decades-old role as the world's staunchest opponent of nuclear weapons, suggesting that it may reserve the right to develop nuclear capability in the future if a neighbor like North Korea acquires the bomb.
June 9, 1992 |
Now that Germany and Japan are major economic and political powers again, is it only a matter of time before they acquire nuclear weapons? And if they do, some scholars are asking, would it be a bad thing? Both countries strongly disavow any desire to join the club of nuclear powers. But a few American strategic thinkers argue that a nuclear-equipped Germany and Japan could actually do the world some good. "Nuclear weapons have helped keep the peace for 45 years," says John J.
February 23, 1992 |
In the words of one American official, the need to maintain secrecy is "like preparing for Desert Storm." Sometime this autumn, the Japanese ship Shikishima, armed with 35-millimeter cannon and rapid-fire guns, will set out from the French port of Cherbourg on a seven-week journey so potentially dangerous that several nervous governments will monitor its every nautical mile.
September 20, 1989 |
U.S. Ambassador Michael H. Armacost said Tuesday that a new Socialist Party policy toward the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, which he called the heart of the bilateral relationship, leaves many questions unanswered. Armacost's remark was the first official U.S. reaction to a Sept. 10 announcement by Takako Doi, the Socialist chairwoman, that the party would retain the treaty if it comes to power at the head of a coalition government. "We welcome an adjustment of Socialist thinking on the U.S.
September 17, 1989
A U.S. Navy ship's visit to Nagasaki, the Japanese city destroyed by an atomic bomb at the close of World War II, turned sour when about 50 chanting protesters refused to allow the captain to approach a large memorial statue in Peace Memorial Park, reportedly because the ship might be carrying nuclear weapons. Capt. Peter Roberts of the frigate Rodney M. Davis instead placed a wreath about 100 feet from the statue. After he left, protesters trampled the wreath.