Nautilus Peace and Security Network – 10 September 2015

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deterrence imageDETERRENCE: Anxiety rises over Abe omitting non-nuclear principles from Hiroshima speech, The Asahi Shimbun (7 August 2015)

Japan may increase ambiguity on its nuclear proliferation intentions while it strengthens its ability to destroy Chinese conventional military forces. This may explain PM Abe’s non-reference to Japan’s non-nuclear principles at Hiroshima; and Defense Minister Nakatani’s comment that transport of nuclear weapons by the SDF would be legal.

dprk IMAGEDPRK: North Korea’s digital transformation: Implications for North Korea policy, Peter Hayes, Scott Bruce and Dyana Mardon, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability (8 November 2011)

North Korea goes to extraordinary lengths to control what everyone inside and outside their borders sees, thinks and knows about them. As thorough as North Korea’s media control is inside the country, they long ago lost the ability to hermetically seal the country. External and in particular, Anglophone audiences are exposed to DPRK as some kind of caricature conveyed in drawings and/or soundbites when the reality is much more nuanced.

Governance imageGOVERNANCE AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Japan’s nuclear gypsies: The homeless, jobless and Fukushima, Claire McCurdy, International Policy Digest (21 August 2015)

As Japan moves to restart its nuclear program, light is shed once again on the workers involved in the Fukushima site clean up operations, colloquially referred to as ‘nuclear gypsies’. Often from the most vulnerable rungs of society, workers have been exposed to high levels of radiation and victimization, with many taking home little to nothing in pay. TEPCO’s response has been poor.

The Nautilus Peace and Security Weekly Report presents articles and full length reports each week in six categories: Austral security, nuclear deterrence, climate change and security, the DPRK, climate change adaptation and governance and civil society. Our team of contributors carefully select items that highlight the links between these themes and the three regions in which our offices are found — North America, Northeast Asia, and the Austral-Asia region.

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