Category: Weapons & Disarmament

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Gavan McCormack: Koizumi’s Japan in Bush’s World: After 9/11

1. The “Trustworthy Ally”   Half a century ago, General Douglas MacArthur, proconsul in the US occupation, was acclaimed as a benevolent liberator even while patronizing the Japanese people, whom he described soon after leaving Japan as “12-year old children.” Today, proconsuls from Washington fly regularly in to Tokyo to inspect and instruct, as if Read more…

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David Peterson: “Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone”

Odd, don’t you think, that members of the International Atomic Energy Agency could have adopted more than one resolution during Friday’s (the 24th) closing session of its 48th General Conference in Vienna, and now it’s already four days later, the morning of Tuesday, the 28th, in fact, but none of the texts of these resolutions Read more…

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David Peterson: “Israeli Nuclear Capabilities and Threat” II

Pleading for a long overdue “accounting” in world affairs, one wherein peoples and states will decide, once and for all, what they are “united for” and what they are “united against,” Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom stepped before the UN General Assembly last week to tell it that the “problems of terror, Islamic Read more…

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David Peterson: “Israeli Nuclear Capabilities and Threat” I

The 48th Annual Regular Session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is scheduled to open in Vienna later this month, Monday through Friday, the 20th through the 24th. As you all know, the IAEA is tasked with accelerating and enlarging the “contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity Read more…

Iccho Itoh: The City of Nagasaki Peace Declaration

August 6, 2004   How many people in the world now remember that fateful day? At 11:02 a.m. on August 9, fifty-nine years ago, the city of Nagasaki was instantly transformed into ruins by a single atomic bomb dropped from an American warplane, killing some 74,000 people and wounding 75,000. Today, Nagasaki‘s verdant cityscape attracts Read more…

Tomaki Juda: Bikini and the Hydrogen Bomb:

[2004 is the fiftieth anniversary of the Hydrogen Bomb test at Bikini that has rendered the island and nearby atolls uninhabitable ever since. Two earlier Japan Focus articles portrayed the impact of the blast on the crew of the Japanese fishing boat Lucky Dragon, and the subsequent course of the anti-nuclear movement. The two articles Read more…

Tadatoshi Akiba: Peace Declaration

“Nothing will grow for 75 years.” Fifty-nine years have passed since the August sixth when Hiroshima was so thoroughly obliterated that many succumbed to such doom. Dozens of corpses still bearing the agony of that day, souls torn abruptly from their loved ones and their hopes for the future, have recently re-surfaced on Ninoshima Island, Read more…

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Mark Selden: Notes From Ground Zero:

President George W. Bush has repeatedly presented the American occupation of Japan as the model for Iraq‘s democratization. Does the Japanese occupation really illuminate contemporary reconstructions in Iraq, Afghanistan and other contemporary war-torn societies? Certain similarities do stand out: as in Japan half a century earlier, the U.S. has proclaimed its intention to return "sovereignty" Read more…

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Herbert P. Bix: From Nanjing 1937 to Fallujah 2004:

The roots of the Japan-China War (1937-45) can be traced back to the surprise attack that Japanese army officers launched, in September 1931, on Chinese forces in Manchuria. Their premeditated coup led to Japan‘s seizure of the vast, resource-rich region. Initially carried out in the name of self-defense, the Manchurian takeover was later justified as Read more…

Mark Caprio: Nuclear Dominos:

          The Libyan Foreign Ministry’s December 19, 2003 “Statement” outlining its plan to “get rid of [weapons of mass destruction] materials, equipment and programs, and to become totally free of internationally banned weapons” prompted some to ponder whether North Korea might be next.{1} Will the Northeast Asian “rogue state” join the Middle East “rogue state” Read more…

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