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Japan's Nuclear Future: Policy Debate, Prospects, and U.S. Interests

Description: This report examines the prospects for Japan pursuing a nuclear weapons capability by assessing the existing technical infrastructure of its extensive civilian nuclear energy program. It explores the range of challenges that Japan would have to overcome to transform its current program into a military program, including legal and political restraints: averse public and elite opinion, restrictive domestic laws and practices, and the negative diplomatic consequences.
Date: February 19, 2009
Creator: Chanlett-Avery, Emma & Nikitin, Mary Beth
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department