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Would defense based only on nuclear weapons work? [closed]

There's an article in the Japanese constitution forbidding the country from going to war. The country nonetheless maintains a substantial self-defence force. I'm wondering if Japan can feasibly ...
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Why do refugees come to Japan?

In 2016, 10,901 people applied for refugee status in Japan. I may understand if these refugees come from the neighboring countries such as Philippines or Mongolia, but some people come from countries ...
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Is Japan still bound by the terms of its surrender in WWII?

After Japan surrendered to Allied forces in 1945, the Potsdam Declaration required Japanese military forces to be disarmed, limited Japanese sovereignty to specific islands, and prohibited Japanese ...
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Why don't countries like Japan just print more money?

Modern Monetary Theory states that a sovereign country will never go bankrupt. It can just print more money. Of course, printing more money would lead to inflation. But some countries have the ...
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What is the fundamental difference between whaling and hunting other animals?

I read this article and it seems like activists from cultures without a long history of whaling are inconsistent in their criticism of Japan for its whaling. Many cultural cuisines like rabbits, cows,...
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Why wasn't Hirohito tried at the end of WWII?

At the end of the Second World War many Japanese generals such as Tojo and Yamashita were tried and executed, but Hirohito wasn't tried and even continued as emperor. Why wasn't he tried while he was ...
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Why isn't Japan criticized for its refugee policies as much as other developed countries are?

Japan is unique among the world's most developed countries for its extremely harsh policies towards refugees. The policy is fully acknowledged by the Japanese leaders who have been quoted saying: I ...
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Why does the US still have military bases in Japan and South Korea?

Why does the United States still have military bases in Japan and South Korea? As far as I'm aware, the bases are large, active, and the source of a reasonable amount of controversy within the host ...
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What do Americans nowadays think about WWII internment?

I'm aware that the federal US government apologised to and compensated Japanese-Americans who were interned or their descendants, and that there's a play currently in broadway about internment. On ...
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Are Japan's neighbours opposed to a US apology for Hiroshima?

In the discussion about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I've heard about opinion within the United States, and opinion within Japan, such as the the Pew Research Center's article 70 ...
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Why doesn't UK go for the same deal Japan has with EU to resolve Brexit?

Is seems that one of the problems of finding a solution acceptable for both UK and EU was that no other non-EU country has the kind of relation with EU that UK seeks. But Japan has a reasonably ...
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Why did Japan not raise taxes instead of borrowing to avoid having such a large debt ratio?

According to this article, Japan reached an enormous debt/GDP ratio of about 250%. The first two answers from here illustrate more about the structure of the debt. My highlights are: most ...
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Can the US president hand-off the nuclear football to the vice president?

It's been reported that the nuclear football will be coming with President Obama during his historic visit to Hiroshima. Could a president decide to give the nuclear football to the vice president ...
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Is opposition to whaling biased against Japan?

Many of the comments and edits in the Whales Vs Other Animals have spiralled off from the original question into the differences in the treatment of certain countries. While currently much of the ...
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Does Japan intentionally devalue its exports to the US in exchange for US military protection?

I came across this unsourced answer which claims that the Japanese government buys US treasury bonds at a loss to make exports to the US cheap for US consumers in exchange for military protection by ...
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