Ishihara calls for nuclear-armed Japan
Firebrand former Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara, a potential kingmaker in next month’s general election, said Tuesday Japan must acquire nuclear weapons if it wants to be taken seriously.
At very least, avowedly pacifist Japan should examine what it would need to do to join the club of declared nuclear powers, the 80-year-old arch conservative told foreign journalists in Tokyo.
“I think Japan should at least carry out an analysis on going nuclear,” Ishihara said. “The diplomatic voice of countries without nuclear weapons is overwhelmingly weak.”
Ishihara has a long track record of saying controversial things and breaking cultural taboos. He has previously expressed the same thoughts on Japan—the only country on which a nuclear attack has ever taken place—getting atomic weapons.