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CJS Thursday Noon Lecture Series | Is the Nuclear Taboo Still Robust in Japan?

Naoko Matsumura, Professor of International Relations, Graduate School of Law, Kobe University
Thursday, March 21, 2024
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 1010 Weiser Hall Map
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Could the Japanese public endorse the acquisition of nuclear weapons? Unfortunately, this question has recently gained significant relevance, primarily due to escalating military threats from nuclear-armed nations such as China and North Korea. This talk will provide empirical evidence suggesting that the longstanding nuclear taboo in Japan could be challenged in the face of a deteriorating security environment.

Naoko Matsumura is a Professor of International Relations at Kobe University. Her current research focuses on public opinion and foreign policies, with a particular emphasis on Japanese public opinion regarding nuclear weapons. She also studies the roles of international organizations in facilitating international cooperation. She explores these topics using survey experiments. Her recent articles have appeared in Journal of Peace Research, Journal of East Asian Studies, and Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Rice University.

This lecture is made possible with the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

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Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Japanese Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures