This year Japan appears to be greeting the 64th anniversary of the end of World War II without much political commotion. But a speech nine days earlier should not be dismissed as an insignificant event.

On the night of Aug. 6, the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Mr. Toshio Tamogami, a former Air Self-Defense Force chief of staff — speaking at the very place where the world’s first nuclear attack brought unprecedented devastation — called upon Japan to arm itself with nuclear weapons to avoid a “third nuclear attack.” This is a despicable suggestion both morally and politically. If Japan develops nuclear weapons it would not only trigger a nuclear arms race in Northeast Asia but also turn our nation into a pariah state.

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