Emmanuel Todd, a French historian, anthropologist and demographer, attracted attention in 1976, predicted the fall of the Soviet Union, based on indicators such as increasing infant mortality rate. His “After the Empire” became a worldwide bestseller.
He analyzes ideas, cultures, societies and nations in an unique way including Demography or Family system. And now he suggested Japan get nuke.
Todd recommends to Japan for having nuke
Emmanuel Todd said in an interview gaven to a Japanese newspaper the Asahi Shinbun in 2006,
“I think uneven distribution of nuclear weapons is the most dangerous situation to the world. The tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place because nuclear weapon was held by only the US at that time. The weapon never be used during the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union. When both India and Pakistan had nuke, they at last went to the peace table. The cause of unstable situation in the Middle East is that Israel has a monopoly on nuke. Also in East Asia, unstable due to nuclear only China has. Japan should have it, too.” Furthermore he said ” from Gaullist view.., if a nation had nuke it could be freed from any military alliance and become in no danger of being involved in a war”
As for the Japanese people’s strong sentiment against nuke because of experiencing the bombing, saying “I can understand the Japanese feeling about it, but they should face up to the difficult reality of the world. ”
he stated that the biggest reason why France went nuclear was that it had been invaded many times in history. It was the only nuclear weapons by which France got out from a geopolitical bad position at once.
He pointed out that if a country that has suffered a nuclear attack has nuke, it will initiate a full-scale discussion about nuke in the world and will become the significant turning point in the history of nuke.
Japan has forgotten a way of national defense because it has stood firm in defense of the unrealistic pacifist constitution ever since the end of the war. It has busily supported neighboring countries by giving money or technologies for their economic progress, and one day it find itself surrounded by enemies that it brought up. In the end, like the proverb says “a country that helps neighborers will go to ruin”
Now China begins to threaten Japan with their massive military force including nuke and tries to redraw its national boundaries by force. Their ambition is anachronistic imperialism which no one welcomes today. The growing inequality of military power of recent date is bringing about tension between Japan and China definitely. I think Japan has no choice but to have nuke to solve this serious problem. The choice will be not only for Japan but for the world including Asia.