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PacNet #26 – Trust Japanese Democracy

June 28, 2002

Recent comments by leading Japanese politicians have raised international concern about Tokyo’s nuclear intentions. Those fears are misplaced: Japan’s nuclear taboo remains as powerful as ever. The comments do signal growing frustration within Japan’s policy community over the need for a long-delayed debate on national security. Just as important is what the reaction reveals: the international community’s lack of faith in Japanese democracy.