Masako Toki

Articles by Masako Toki

10 February 2014

Heavy lifting ahead in the Japan-India nuclear deal

Masako Toki

In any bilateral nuclear agreement, Tokyo should press for strengthening global nonproliferation. 

17 July 2012

Opportunity after the disaster

Masako Toki

Japan's energy policy is now at its most critical juncture since the inception of nuclear power in 1966. Nearly 16 months after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station -- the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl -- Japan's nuclear policy has finally started to transform.

17 August 2011

Leaving its comfort zone: Japan's special role in creating a world free of nuclear weapons

Masako Toki

Who could have imagined a year ago that the ceremonies of the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki would be so poignant? Who could have imagined that Japan would have to endure another disaster derived from the energy source used to kill hundreds of thousands of people in 1945?

3 November 2010

Japan’s dilemma: Nuclear trade vs nuclear disarmament advocacy

Masako Toki

In October, when Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met in Japan to announce the conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, there were mixed reviews in Japan.

1 September 2010
North Korea’s efforts to obtain technology related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were recently revealed when two Japan-based traders were convicted for attempting to illegally transport sensitive materials.
27 May 2009

The North Korean nuclear test: The Japanese reaction

Masako Toki

Only 50 days ago, Japan called on the U.N. Security Council to condemn North Korea's long-range missile launch. On May 25, Tokyo once again appealed to the Security Council for an emergency meeting to condemn Pyongyang--this time for its second nuclear test and its subsequent launch of three short-range missiles.

3 April 2009

Japan's response to the North Korean satellite launch

Masako Toki

Japan has responded to North Korea's announcement that it intends to launch a communication satellite between April 4 and April 8, by mobilizing its missile defense system for the first time in the country's history. Although North Korea maintains it will launch a Kwangmyongsong-2 satellite into orbit, the United States, Japan, and South Korea suspect the launch is a cover story for a Taepodong-2 long-range ballistic missile test.

16 January 2009

Missile defense in Japan

Masako Toki

Japanese security policy is at a crossroads, shifting from a traditional pacifist security policy to a more assertive security policy. As part of this shift, Tokyo is steadily moving toward the deployment of a more robust missile defense system, which the Japanese government doesn't think contradicts the country's "exclusively defensive defense" policy anyway. And while the debate about U.S. missile defense installations in Eastern Europe remains contentious, in East Asia, political debate about missile defense installations in Japan seems to be fading away.

5 September 2008

Japan's struggle to limit illegal dual-use exports

Masako TokiStephanie Lieggi

Recent revelations of illegal transfers of sensitive materials by Japanese companies has again highlighted the fact that controlling the spread of dual-use materials remains a daunting challenge--even for a country with an advanced export-control system such as Japan.