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The U.S. government weighed its chances of convincing Tokyo in the late 1960s to allow the deployment of nuclear weapons in Japan if a crisis in East Asia were to break out, according to newly declassified documents.

The idea, which was never proposed because its chances of success were apparently considered “very slight,” offers a look into how Washington sought to expand its military footprint in the region after World War II and the Korean War.

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