Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe(YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
(YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

Japanese Defense—Going Nuclear?

May 13, 2013  •  From theTrumpet.com
Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is Japan to become a nuclear-armed military power?
 

Recent reports about the imminence of the opening of a massive reprocessing facility in Rokkasho, northern Honshu, have analysts wondering about the Japanese government’s intent for its use. The real concern is that the plant could produce weapons-grade plutonium for manufacturing nuclear weapons.

Japanese officials and nuclear-industry experts claim that the Rokkasho reprocessing plant “is capable of producing nine tons of weapons-usable plutonium annually … enough to build as many as 2,000 bombs …” (Wall Street Journal, May 1). Global Research expresses the concern that “A nuclear-armed Japan would dramatically alter relations in Asia, as it would be less dependent on the U.S. militarily and more able to independently prosecute its economic and strategic interests” (May 7).

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