Asia-Pacific perspectives on international humanitarian law
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2020
Japan is the only country in the world that has ever experienced nuclear attacks. At the same time, Japanese governments have been relying upon the nuclear deterrence provided by the United States for almost seventy years. These two facts have made Japan’s attitude towards nuclear weapons very complicated, controversial and oftentimes contradictory. Needless to say, one can see very strong anti-nuclear sentiments in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and citizens’ activities against nuclear weapons have been very active and popular in Japan. On the other hand, the Japanese Government expressed its position against the adoption of the Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons in the United Nations in 2017.
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