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Why Japan does not need nuclear submarines

Imminent review of national defense strategies a litmus test for pacifism

| Japan
Japan's diesel-electric submarine Soryu, pictured in September 2014: Japan should hold onto its legacy as a peace-loving nation by sticking to conventional submarines. (Handout photo from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)   © Reuters

Kosuke Takahashi is Tokyo correspondent for Janes Defence Weekly.

After Australia, as well as North Korea, decided to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, and as South Korea shows great interest in procuring its own nuclear submarines, is it time for Japan to do the same?

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