Why Donald Trump's Plan for Japan Would Be a Nightmare for Asia

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President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima, Japan, on May 27 to honor the memory of those killed and injured when the US dropped the atomic bomb on the city in 1945, comes, ironically, as the argument that Japan should reconsider the nuclear option has reemerged.

But it is not the Japanese who are breaking the “nuclear taboo”; it is a prominent American: the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president.

Japan has long eschewed the acquisition of nuclear weapons, choosing instead to rely on the United States to deter any potential threat from its nuclear neighbors. But Donald Trump recently stated that should he become president, he would consider ending the US commitment to Japan’s defense and encouraging it to develop its own nuclear arsenal.

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