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Nuclear Ambitions of Japan

V.D. Chopra (Author)
Synopsis This is a history, of evolution of Japan’s nuclear capability, significantly different from the many that have hit the stands in recent times on nuclear proliferation. And for good reasons too. This book is authored by one who as a political activist has known the masses, the common people on the first-person basis, who as a journalist and political commentator has known the minds of the leaders and the administrators of Japan, through direct interaction with them, and who as an academic holds truth and facts too sacred to be played with. The author, with these mainstays, weaves the complex fabric of Japan’s nuclear ambitions. The structure of the book thus mirrors all the important and relevant phases of Japan’s nuclear bomb capability. This way, he provides a vivid description of Japan’s ambition or transforming itself from an economic giant into a ‘plutonium giant’. He traces the strategic importance of this development on the basis of hard fact collected from the Japanese sources. An attempt has been made in this book to examine the nuclear policy of Japan, its external and internal compulsions. The book is a truthful account of how nuclear technology came to be developed in Japan, and it evaluates, in historical perspective, how nuclearisation and militarisation of Japan has changed the entire complexion of regional security. Enriched with concrete facts from Japanese media, the book has presented an up-to-date information and well argued account of this trend in Japan’s policy. Seldom we had a better insight into the problems facing this highly sensitive area. All the more, therefore, does this book deserve the attention of the scholars, experts and policy-makers.
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About the author

V.D. Chopra

V.D. Chopra began his innings, as Head of Economics Department in D.A.V. College in Rawalpindi. He was a political activist and a freedom fighter. In 1939, he was sentenced to 18 months, imprisonment for pulling down the Union Jack. In 1941, he was detained in the notorious Lahore Fort. He was again arrested under Defence of India Rules in 1942-43. The allegation against him was that he was organizing subversive activities in the armed services. He presented academic papers in various international seminars such as in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and erstwhile Soviet Union. He worked for Link weekly and Patriot daily for three decades in various capacities and rose to become the chief editor. He covered Arab-Israel war from Cairo and Indo-Pak conflicts in 1965 and 1971. He has been awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Peace Prize for his book India and the Socialist World in 1984. At present, he is Vice-President of the International Institute for Asia-Pacific Studies, New Delhi. He has authored and edited a large number of books during the last 20 years. The books relevant to the present volume include Agony of Punjab (1984), Studies in Indo-Pak Relations (1984), India’s Unity and Security Challenges (1984), South Asia in Transition: Conflicts and Tensions (1986), Religious Fundamentalism in Asia (1994), Genesis of Regional Conflicts (1995), Afghanistan and Asian Stability (1998), and Rise of Terrorism and Secessionism in Eurasia (2001).

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Bibliographic information

Title Nuclear Ambitions of Japan
Author V.D. Chopra
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1995
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121204771
length x+168p., References; 23cm.