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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has raised the specter of nuclear weapons being used by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine, calling the possibility “increasingly real” during a visit to Hiroshima with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel.

The remarks by Kishida highlighted growing concern in Tokyo that Russia could potentially use smaller, tactical nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine, dealing a huge setback for nonproliferation goals and providing a lesson to others who might be considering using force to change the status quo, including in Asia.

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