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TANAKA Shingo
Assistant Professor

Research Topics

International politics, U.S.-Japan diplomatic histories, arms control and disarmament, peaceful use of nuclear energy

Research Introduction and Message

   As many researchers have noted, it is undoubtedly true that nuclear weapons have changed the character of world politics; but what about the "peaceful use of nuclear energy"? Although there is not a distinct line between the military and peaceful uses of nuclear energy, most people in Japan had tended to think these were totally different in nature and therefore had not considered the meaning of nuclear energy itself at least before 3.11. Did nuclear energy itself change our ways of living and the ways of world politics, too?

   So far, I have been trying to answer this question through the case study of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Specifically, my focus is on the bilateral relationship from the 1940s to the 1960s. During these years, the United States and Japan had various experiences related to nuclear energy, such as the use of nuclear bombs, the cooperation for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, the beginning of U.S. extended nuclear deterrence, and Japan's decision not to own nuclear weapons. What role has nuclear energy played in these U.S.-Japan relations, and what has been the relationship between these nations' cooperation regarding peaceful use and that regarding military use? I examine these questions based on the vast primary sources of the United States and Japan.

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