Asian Journal of PEACEBUILDING

Volume 3 Number 1 (May 2015)

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Research Article

Nuclear Politics, Past and Present: Comparison of German and Japanese Anti-Nuclear Peace Movements

Makiko Takemoto pp. 87-101
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This article addresses the question of what has contributed to the difference between German and Japanese nuclear politics in the post-Fukushima era. Germany has decided to phase out nuclear energy, but Japan has done the opposite. The origin of this difference can be traced back to the development of the anti-nuclear peace movement in the early 1980s. West Germans turned against nuclear energy as well as nuclear weapons, whereas Japanese peace activists carefully avoided the nuclear energy issue because of their concern over U.S.-Japan relations. The West German peace movement in the following years was in a position to foster cooperation between East and West Germans, whereas the Japanese movement missed the chance to go beyond the Cold War mentality.
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