Accession Number : AD0764759

Title :   Japanese Nuclear Weapons Capability: Likelihood and Impact.

Descriptive Note : Individual research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Ramsay,Donald A.

Report Date : 18 FEB 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 67

Abstract : The Japanese press provides a basis for determining how the Nixon 'Shocks' of 1971 affected the likelihood that Japan will acquire nuclear weapons in the next decade. The China 'Shock' hurt Japanese pride and reduced confidence in Prime Minister Sato. It stimulated popular opinion and business circle hopes for better relations with China. The reduced tension and threat made the 4th Defense Plan look too aggressive. Sato was criticized for lack of initiatives toward China, and for following the US foreign policy. His decision to co-sponsor UN resolutions on the China issue was criticized by his own party. Many Japanese believed the Dollar 'Shock' was aimed primarily at them. They were angered by lack of warning. Business circles perceived a state of crisis, forecasting a recession. Export orders and new hiring for small and medium firms were reduced. The controversial 4th Defense Plan was reduced in scope. A virile anti-nuclear sentiment was voiced in the Diet and press. Chinese pressure against Japanese militarism and nuclear weapons was felt. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   (*NUCLEAR WEAPONS, JAPAN), ECONOMICS, LEADERSHIP, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, FOREIGN POLICY, CHINA

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE