Japan wants “nuclear umbrella”:

{Japan Should Discuss NATO-Like Nuclear Weapons Sharing, Abe Says!}

Japan should discuss a possible sharing of nuclear weapons similar to that of NATO members in the wake of the Russian threat of Ukraine, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday. 

“Japan should not treat as a taboo discussions on the reality of how the world is kept safe,” said Abe, who oversaw a steady rise in defense spending during his time as premier that ended in 2020.

“It’s important to make progress toward that goal, but when it comes to how to protect the lives of Japanese citizens and the nation, I think we should conduct discussions by taking various options fully into consideration,” Abe said. 

Since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan has been a staunch upholder of antinuclear sentiments. Its postwar Constitution forbids the establishment of offensive military forces, and in 1967 it adopted the three non nuclear principles , ruling out the,
-or introduction of nuclear weapons. 

Japan signed -Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty::

Promotion of the peaceful use of nuclear energy

Efforts towards global nuclear disarmament

Reliance and dependence on US extended deterrence, based on the 1960 US-Japan Security Treaty

Support for the “Three Non-Nuclear Principles under the circumstances where Japan’s national security is guaranteed by the other three policies.”

It followed that if American assurance was ever removed or seemed unreliable, Japan might have no choice but to go nuclear. In other words, it kept the nuclear option available.

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