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Asia’s Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

Assesses circumstances that could push the Northeast Asian countries to the nuclear armament in the future., focusing on Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Addresses what must be done to prevent the situational escalation. Analyzes background and drivers of South Korea’s nuclear weapon proliferation, non- proliferation policy, United States’ deterrence, constraints and assessment. Explores Japan’s nuclear studies, covering history, nuclear policies, defence policies, international obligations, nuclear energy and rocket technologies, geopolitical tension from the United State, China, North and South Korea, and constraints from economics, geography, national security and societal opposition. Investigates Taiwan’s nuclear latency, non-nuclear policy, proliferation drivers and constraints.