NHK World-Japan GLOBAL AGENDA: An Increased Risk of Nuclear War?

On August 6, 2022, Professor Akiyama participated in a panel discussion in NHK World Japan where it broadcast an episode on the risk of a nuclear war. The panel members discussed the topic of Russia’s threat to use nuclear weapons in the Russo-Ukrainian War as well as the prospects of nuclear deterrence and arms control in the East Asian region. Concerning the strengthening of nuclear weapons in the East-Asian region, namely by North Korea and China, the panel discussed the need to strengthen nuclear deterrence, but expressed a negative position on the nuclear option for Japan and South Korea, and discussed the importance of the alliance with the United States. The episode concluded with the debate on “deterrence vs. disarmament” and the professor emphasized the need for more talks between the actors to create a foundation for more arms control negotiations.