Title: Japan pro-bomb voices grow louder amid nuke debate
Source: Associated Press
Date: July 31, 2012
as Japan weighs whether to phase out nuclear power, some conservatives, including some influential politicians and thinkers, are becoming more vocal about their belief that Japan should have at least the ability to make nuclear weapons.
The two issues are intertwined because nuclear plants can develop the technology and produce the fuel needed for weaponry, as highlighted by concerns that nuclear power programs in Iran and North Korea are masking bomb development.
Shigeru Ishiba, former Defense Minister and current lawmaker told The Associated Press
- “Having nuclear plants shows to other nations that Japan can make nuclear weapons”
Hitoshi Yoshioka, professor of social and cultural studies at Kyushu University
- “The recognition that both nuclear issues must be addressed is heightening in Japan”
- The link between the two is “becoming increasingly clear”
Tatsujiro Suzuki, vice chairman at the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, a government panel that shapes nuclear policy
- “If people keep saying (nuclear energy) is for having nuclear weapons capability, that is not good”
- “Technically it may be true, but it sends a very bad message to the international community”
Published: July 31st, 2012 at 9:36 am ET