Event Title

Japan: Developing Nuclear Weapons to Improve Self-Defense Capabilities

Presenter Information

Jodi Buckley

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

College

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Major

National Security Studies

Session Number

1

Location

RM 217

Juror Names

Moderator: Dr. Nerea Marteache

Start Date

5-18-2017 1:40 PM

End Date

5-18-2017 2:00 PM

Abstract

In this paper, the hypothesis challenges, “Will Japan develop Nuclear weapons?” The research of this paper focuses on the results saying yes. Japan will develop nuclear weapons to increase their selfdefense capabilities. Japan abides by four pillars of nuclear policy. The Pillars promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The pillars support Japan’s efforts towards a global disarmament. The pillars reinforce Japan’s reliance on the United States for nuclear deterrence. Lastly, the pillars encourage the people of Japan to sustain and uphold the three principles during each transition of leadership and administration. The legislation does not support the nuclear pillars of Japan as an enforced law. The pillars to Japan are tantamount to the Declaration of Independence to the United States. Thus, it will take a unique series of circumstances to force Japan into the development of nuclear weapons. The development of nuclear weapons will improve their self-defense capabilities. It is the focus of this paper to identify possible circumstances that are not only ripe but currently active.

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May 18th, 1:40 PM May 18th, 2:00 PM

Japan: Developing Nuclear Weapons to Improve Self-Defense Capabilities

RM 217

In this paper, the hypothesis challenges, “Will Japan develop Nuclear weapons?” The research of this paper focuses on the results saying yes. Japan will develop nuclear weapons to increase their selfdefense capabilities. Japan abides by four pillars of nuclear policy. The Pillars promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The pillars support Japan’s efforts towards a global disarmament. The pillars reinforce Japan’s reliance on the United States for nuclear deterrence. Lastly, the pillars encourage the people of Japan to sustain and uphold the three principles during each transition of leadership and administration. The legislation does not support the nuclear pillars of Japan as an enforced law. The pillars to Japan are tantamount to the Declaration of Independence to the United States. Thus, it will take a unique series of circumstances to force Japan into the development of nuclear weapons. The development of nuclear weapons will improve their self-defense capabilities. It is the focus of this paper to identify possible circumstances that are not only ripe but currently active.