About the Journal
Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament:
Views among Japan's National Security Community
Author: Katsuhisa Furukawa
Volume 6, Number 4 (Summer 2010), pp. 33-54.
Japan has mixed feelings towards the promotion of nuclear disarmament. While it has welcomed the US initiative for abolishing nuclear weapons, Japan's changing strategic environment even increases its reliance on US extended deterrence to meet strategic pressures from neighbouring nuclear weapon states. As a result, Japanese strategic community remains opposed to major changes in US nuclear strategy and posture. In an evolving multi-nuclear world, unilateral reductions in US nuclear arsenals are seen as destabilizing and detrimental to Japanese security interests.
About the Author
Katsuhisa Furukawa is a Fellow of the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX) in Japan Science and Technology Agency, in charge of research projects on counter-terrorism and homeland security of Japan. Prior to coming to the RISTEX, he was a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) of the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Washington, D.C. Mr Furukawa has worked in the United States for the Council of Foreign Relations as a Research Associate, at the American Enterprise Institute and the Pacific Forum CSIS as a visiting fellow. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Keio University in Tokyo, and a Master's of Public Administration from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. email@example.com.