Tag - nuclear-weapons



Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Oct 30, 2013
Spent fuel good enough for bomb, U.S. told Japan in 1977
The United States believed in 1977 that nuclear weapons could be produced from plutonium extracted from spent nuclear fuel at Japan's light water reactors and conveyed its view to Tokyo, according to Japanese diplomatic records declassified Wednesday.
Oct 28, 2013
Pushing for nuclear disarmament
For the first time Japan has joined other nations in signing a U.N. statement calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, despite Japan's reliance on the U.S. nuclear umbrella.
Oct 21, 2013
Nuclear arms wake-up call
Nuclear policymaking in Asia, as elsewhere, is trapped in the Cold War mindset in which too much reliance is placed on the utility of nuclear deterrence and not enough on the risks.
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2013
Norma Field, champion of Japan's leftist literature, retires — but not from anti-nuclear activism
A colleague once told me he didn't want to be attached to lost causes," says academic Norma Field. "I've never understood thinking like that. The bright spots in human history are so few. We should embrace and magnify them.
Oct 18, 2013
Can Iran's Rouhani deliver in new nuclear talks?
As nuclear talks begin with Iran, the world awaits the followup to the phone call between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. President Barack Obama after Rouhani's U.N. visit.
Oct 11, 2013
Japan to finally sign anti-nukes statement
Japan will sign for the first time a joint statement to be issued at the United Nations calling on countries not to use nuclear weapons under any circumstances, government sources said Thursday.
Oct 9, 2013
Nuclear arms also serve as instruments of peace
The sensible path to peace starts with the realization that peace can be secured only through strength. Nuclear weapons represent that strength.
Oct 8, 2013
At last, Iran in from the cold?
Iran President Hassan Rouhani faces strong opposition at home from those whose political interests demand a continuation of the Iran-against-the-world confrontation.
Oct 8, 2013
Bibi and Obama head for a showdown on Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's message to the U.N. was simple: If Iran doesn't abandon its nuclear ambitions in the coming months, we're going to have a crisis.
Japan Times
Oct 5, 2013
Revealing the absurdity of the global nuclear arms race
In the 1980s, I joined the crowds of anti-nuclear demonstrators, driven into a state of terror by the last years of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan, a man we held to be a warmonger and a religious fanatic, had matched the deployment of short-range missiles in Eastern Europe with short-range missiles in Western Europe.
Oct 2, 2013
Tale of two crises: connecting the dots from Iran to Syria
The twin crises involving Syria and Iran demonstrate the continuing utility of the United Nations as the Security Council remains the cockpit for addressing geopolitical upheavals.
Sep 29, 2013
Sanctions have warmed up Iran for an accord
As Iran's economy reels and President Hassan Rouhani shows interest in rapprochement with the West, it seems high time to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran.
Sep 27, 2013
Abe urges Rouhani to be flexible over arms
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged Iranian President Hasan Rouhani to resolve Tehran's alleged nuclear weapons program with flexibility and by building on a recent shift toward dialogue, a Japanese official said.
Sep 14, 2013
Pyongyang must honor pledge
North Korea cannot be allowed to blackmail the world into once again buying its nuclear weapon-making potential.
Japan Times
Sep 3, 2013
Nukes, terrorists, intel gaps: U.S. 'black budget' shows extent of distrust toward Pakistan
The $52.6 billion U.S. intelligence arsenal is aimed mainly at unambiguous adversaries, including al-Qaida, North Korea and Iran. But top-secret budget documents reveal an equally intense focus on one purported ally: Pakistan, which appears at the top of charts listing critical U.S. intelligence gaps.
Japan Times
Aug 8, 2013
Film director Stone dismisses U.S. A-bomb claim as 'tremendous lie'
American film director Oliver Stone has challenged the commonly held U.S. perception that the 1945 atomic bombing of Japan ended World War II — saving a huge number of American lives in the process — as "a tremendous lie" during his visit to Hiroshima through Wednesday.
Aug 7, 2013
'No more hibakusha' takes on new meaning after 3/11
A Japanese scholar writes of his outrage in 2011 over the realization that the Fukushima nuclear plant accidents would produce a new generation of hibakusha.
Aug 7, 2013
Iran ready for 'serious negotiations' on nuclear program, says new president Rouhani
In his first news conference since taking office, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, the man known as the "diplomat sheik," reiterated his willingness to participate in nuclear negotiations with the international community but stopped short of saying he would welcome direct talks with the United States.
Japan Times
Aug 6, 2013
Hiroshima mayor skeptical of Abe atomic arms vow
At the ceremony Tuesday marking the 68th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to do whatever he can to achieve a world without nuclear arms and to offer better support to atomic-bomb survivors fighting radiation-caused health problems.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Aug 5, 2013
Iran's Rouhani sworn in as president, vows shift in relations with West
U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world will be closed through the end of the week as a precaution, the State Department announces.


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