Japan needs to loosen the US nuclear leash

Asahi Shimbun
Hiromichi Umebayashi
April 20, 2010


The greatest achievement of the investigation into “secret pacts” between Japan and the United States was a clear recognition that there was indeed a tacit agreement between the two governments concerning the introduction of nuclear weapons to Japan and that the Japanese government had been lying to the public about it for decades….

As negotiations advance, Japan is sure to face the obstacle of the U.S. government’s policy of neither confirming or denying the presence of nuclear weapons in specific situations. However, there is ample room for negotiations on this point.



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