Peter Kuznick

Articles by Peter Kuznick

13 April 2011

Japan's nuclear history in perspective: Eisenhower and atoms for war and peace

Peter Kuznick

Re-examining Japan's nuclear history could not only help the country come to terms with the Fukushima disaster, but help it find a future without the US nuclear influence that has shaped its past.

13 April 2011

Japan's nuclear history in perspective: Eisenhower and atoms for war and peace

Peter Kuznick

It is tragic that Japan, the most fiercely antinuclear country on the planet, with its Peace Constitution, three non-nuclear principles, and commitment to nuclear disarmament, is being hit with the most dangerous and prolonged nuclear crisis in the past quarter-century -- one whose damage might still exceed that of Chernobyl 25 years ago. But Japan's antinuclearism has always rested upon a Faustian bargain, marked by dependence on the United States, which has been the most unabashedly pro-nuclear country on the planet for the past 66 years.