Can the TPNW Keep Japan Safe?
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Can the TPNW Keep Japan Safe?



12 June 2023

This week, two of APLN’s Japanese members discuss Japan’s nuclear disarmament policy. Toshio Sano argues that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons cannot protect Japan, while Hiromichi Umebayashi believes that Japan’s Prime Minister should do more to realise his nuclear disarmament vision. Additionally, Manpreet Sethi shares her vision of nuclear arms control in challenging times, Michiru Nishida joins us as senior research adviser, and we share activities from our network.

Can the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Protect Japan?

Ambassador Toshio Sano draws on his direct involvement in the negotiations that led to the establishment of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and argues that the TPNW cannot safeguard Japan’s national security.

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Why is Kishida’s Nuclear Disarmament Policy Out of Focus?

Hiromichi Umebayashi, special advisor, founder, and former president of non-profit Peace Depot, argues that Japanese Prime Minister Kishida’s stance on nuclear disarmament is inconsistent with his actions. Kishida can do more to advance the nuclear disarmament agenda, including by establishing a Northeast Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone or revitalise the international agenda for a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty.

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Envisioning Nuclear Arms Control in Challenging Times

Manpreet Sethi, APLN senior research adviser, writes in the Korea Times that the upcoming NPT PrepCom in August provides an opportunity for nuclear-armed states both within and without the NPT to commit to policies that reduce the risk of inadvertent nuclear use.

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APLN is delighted to welcome Michiru Nishida, professor at the School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki University, as its new senior research adviser. He has worked for many years in the field of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation as a diplomat and as a Special Advisor for Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

In his new role, Professor Nishida will support APLN’s work on strategic risks in the Asia-Pacific.

APLN at Jeju Forum

Last week, APLN held two sessions at the Jeju Form for Peace & Prosperity.

The two sessions, “Dilemmas of Strategic Positioning: Indo-Pacific Strategy and the Future of ASEAN” and “The Age of Transformation?: Asia-Pacific vs. Indo-Pacific,” were co-hosted together with the East Asia Foundation, and featured senior APLN members, senior experts, and officials.

APLN Vice Chair Moon Chung-in, former APLN Chair Gareth Evans, Ambassador Kim Sung-hwan, Ambassador Sujata Mehta, Ambassador Ton-nu-thi Ninh, and Ambassador Kasit Piromya, among others.

APLN has more than 130 members from 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific. Below we feature some of their contributions to security debates in the region and beyond.

The latest APLN member activities can be found on the APLN website.

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Reducing Nuclear Threats in a Time of Peril

Tong Zhao, Senior Fellow at the Nuclear Policy Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, spoke at the Arms Control Association annual meeting about China’s nuclear weapons policy and the prevention of a three-way nuclear arms race. He pointed out that fear and ambition are two sides of same coin, emphasising the need for the United States to address China’s internal perspectives and strategic thinking. 

Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity Reaches Supply Chain Agreement

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Technology, emphasises the substantial progress made by IPEF member countries in concluding negotiations on an IPEF Supply Chain Agreement. This achievement indicates a near unanimous consensus on the recognition of supply chain vulnerabilities.

Global Governance in an Age of Fracture

C. Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, participated in a panel discussion on the future of global governance, addressing the increasing skepticism towards international organisations and exploring the possibilities for their revitalisation.

Security Dilemma Sensibility and China

Van Jackson, Professor of International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, delves into the concept of “security dilemma sensibility” and explores its potential in breaking the cycle of escalating tensions between Beijing and Washington, thereby disrupting feedback loops that can lead to conflict.

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