Japan Potential Nuclear Superpower


Analysis of the stockpiles of nuclear material available for use in bomb building reveals some surprising results, with Japan’s nuclear potential ranking high in an international comparison thanks to its large nuclear power industry.


As the chart suggests, it takes into account estimates of plutonium stockpiles, whether acquired expressly for the purposes of nuclear armament or for civilian power generation, to build a series of estimates of the potential nuclear stockpiles each nation could build.

Japan also possesses an additional distinction compared to a number of countries shown, in that it has an independent space program. Some have suggested this serves an unspoken “dual-use” deterrent function, as there is not much that distinguishes a space rocket from a nuclear missile, save from what goes on the top.

Most observers suppose that with sufficient political will Japan could rapidly assemble a nuclear arsenal, although so far calls for an independent nuclear deterrent have been muted at best, even with North Korea’s blustering threats to destroy the nation.

However, unlike any of its neighbours Japan’s constitution expressly forbids maintaining “war potential,” though this has not stopped the nation from building what by some estimates is the world’s fourth most powerful navy…

Via Gigazine.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is gonna give a reason for the british to attack japan, lol it's code geass all over again.

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    08:04 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Britain wasn't Britannia in Code Geass. It's US, North America!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it was also a Holy Britannian Empire... has some elegance to it really...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan needs there weapons i hope they get there shit together they deserve the right to BARE ARMS lol

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    Comment by starcompass
    08:11 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Heh, it's "bear arms", anon. =P

    Personally, nuclear proliferation would be a step backwards not just for Japan, but for the world. I wish we could all figure out a way to get along without having to threaten the world with total nuclear holocaust. =\

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nuclear powered Battle Mechs.

    Nothing to worry about here, this is just history taking it's natural course.

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    Comment by echelon64
    07:28 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Most observers suppose that with sufficient political will Japan could rapidly assemble a nuclear arsenal...."
    Sufficient political?
    What happened Artefact?
    Microsoft grammar check didn't work?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    sufficient political will

    I think it reads a bit better with a comma after will, but it's correct as it is. In other words, they'd do it if their government wanted to badly enough.

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    08:32 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe the Gundam could've taken the whole People's Republic out years ago and Hong Kong would've remained a British Crown Colony. If the UK hadn't handed it back to China in '97, Agnes Chan would've still lived there!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:18 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuk UK n France, they have huge way too much stockpile for their size, those mf still fantasizing abt neo colonializm or wat

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    Comment by exia
    11:20 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well atlest there in a good spot if thay do build misses. tack over the world then we all wold be japnise lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Big weapons

    Hahahaha... Nice one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    HUGE HARD dick slap on allll you!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they are using it as a power source for their giant robots

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yuri raep on a missle = win

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:24 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF ? In Canada we have one of the biggest uranium stock in the world and we sell a lot to the U.S.A and a lot of Canadian scientist worked on Manathan project and it was Canadian Uranium who blew up Japan

    I suspect that this map is shit

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    Comment by Csalbertcs
    03:37 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Iraq had a nucleur program?

    Only crazy conservatives believe that. Their was in fact no evidence to support that Iraq had nucleur weapons, or was in fact preparing to build them.

    Iran is a different story, but Iran was supported by the US in the 80's to have nucleur energy. Nucleur energy will free up a lot of natural gases that can be sold to other countries. As for Nukes, if America has them, they have no right to criticize.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, actually saddam hussein said himself that he had weapons of mass destruction and wouldn't back down from that statement. ppl speculate that he feared iran invading, so he made up the weapons of mass destruction to keep iran at bay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:32 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    iran has a civilian nuclear program brewing. but with the cost of nuclear fuel being high (a multibillion-dollar industry) who would want another competitor? some food for thought as to why even a peaceful nuclear program upsets many people....

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:56 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    idiot. uranium yellowcake much

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lolis are japan's most powerful weapon they can kill an old hag by a heart attack. not to mention they have shinigamis and death notes, I'm sure they can kill Obama with this hehehe

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    Comment by exia
    11:29 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    my idea was beater become japnise after that then thay can bild gundams

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:00 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahoy, there, Chiyuri! Wish you were in the latest Touhou games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whoa, the Germans have some stockpiles as well..

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:29 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Two words... Chise-chan. She's the fucking ultimate weapon ffs. ffs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:31 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't put it past Japan to have technology that would make a mockery of the laws of motion and gravity.

    I mean once you get past the idea of having a more powerful nuke the best technological root is stealth and speed (Good luck punching something that you can't catch or see.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:37 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they're just trying to cover the sakuradite with pretended plutonium... we won't be fooled!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:32 23/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    dont think the map is totaly 100% correct as it shows Norway as an contry that had Nuclear weapon programs in the 60's.
    as far as i know of the this contry i work in is that they never have liked nuclear things and only have 2 experimental nuclear powerplants at Kjeller and Halden.
    but they are quite small (so small they dont even would have made enough energy for an midsize norwegian town on 15000 people...) and just for testing and live now on the edge to be closed down as they are not fit for further experiments with for ex. Thorium...

    but superb wages here.. but making stuff bloddy expensive and been world champs at complaining on everything thats not important becase they have it to good, well... thats norwegians in a nutshell ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:01 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Question: Does this includes the stockpile Japan owns in foreign countries, or just inside Japan only? I remember reading somewhere that Japan owns piles of uranium/plutonium in France and else where being processed, in addition to the ones currently within Japan, it's makes Japan owner of one of the most nuclear stockpiles in the world.
    Even from the graph, Japan is 5th in the world, I'd also remember that in a report, can't remember which, that japan's total stockpile is enough to make nuclears weapons more than the US can. although big or small, didn't say.

    Anyway, with the many mobile suits and other mecha in the JSDF, along with the hundred of thousands of ninjas lurking in the shadows or every corner of the world, and top hackers like Major Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9, and the massive Otaku force ready to die at the command, MOE, japan would ultimately kick ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 16/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    People are stupid saying Canada wanted the bomb in the 60's. We didn't want the bomb and in fact the US wanted us to build them or get some of theres but we didn't want Russia bothering us.

    We have nuclear power here and have some of the largest stocks of enriched uranium and plutonium in the world but we sell most of it to the states. We also produce over half of the radioactive isotopes used for medical treatments (cancer treatment ect) in the world.

    Man why do so many ignorant people post?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:02 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they should build mech warriors :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:14 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nitori, swallow my cucumber and I'll eat your salad.

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    Comment by motaku96
    14:15 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They need the nuclear power for their mobile suits.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a sorry excuse for an article.. Nice try *chuckle*

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:57 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    When we think about it that constitution is outdated. Basically the forbidding of war potential in japan was forced onto the japanese back during world war II along with restricting Japan's navy from patrolling past a certain boarder.

    However, don't these treaties expire like next year? Heh, I'd like to see Japan start building an arsonal. Then it can tell everyone else to "shut up and leave us alone".

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kind of silly if you ask me - why fund a full military force when you can have America stick around and police your country's neighborhood, scaring off bogeymen like N. Korea while you put your national funding toward other things... (like repaving every road every few years, lol)

    Every several years there's an incident around the bases, but that's pretty cheap compared to the funding and resources needed to build a full army. I do think they should ramp up a bit though in case they're left without coverage in coming years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    funding for school uniforms...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:54 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The reason why Japan has such a huge stockpile of Plutonium despite not being a nuclear armed nation is because Japan has couple Fast Breeder Reactors which uses Plutonium(and turning U238 into Pu239/240) as the primary fuel(contrary to the conventional PWR/BWR that uses U235 as fuel). Also, reactor grade Plutonium has such a high ratio of Pu240 that it is essentially not suitable for weapon design, and reprocess into weapon grade is not possible with current technology. Therefore the estimate is not indicative of their inclination to acquire nuclear weapons(not that the rest of the world would let them anyways).

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:16 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL! Just why did Australia have a nuclear weapons program in the 1960s???

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    cause it was the cool thing to do

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:56 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And yet nobody dont give a fcuk about Israel have it's own nuclear reactor...

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    Comment by Thage
    02:29 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, there's no wonder after seeing their power first-hand, they're keeping a bomb or two under their hands.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 20/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did anyone else notice how the legs of one of the girls in the pic are the wrong way around?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 20/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, those are the legs from the girl, who is SITTING on that nuke.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    23:11 20/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it just me, or was that pic with the girl added only later??

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    Comment by Hellmen
    22:31 20/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Switzerland and Belgium has potential to build nuclear weapons? Those goddamn chocolate makers!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    chocolate missles mmmmm

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ooo imagine a missle with special radiation that chocolatizes everything in the surrounding area XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:43 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd gladly fund that with my tax money! hahaha

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 20/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    More saber rattling by the pollies, I reckon.

    Diplomacy: Everyone listens to the man with the big axe.

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