Ethnocentrism and support for nuclear armament in Japan

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Abstract

The goal of this study is to examine factors determining Japanese citizens’ attitudes toward nuclear armament. Previous studies have suggested that Japanese citizens have been strongly opposed to the idea of nuclear armament. However, this study questions the robustness of the anti-nuclear stance among the Japanese population. More specifically, I contend that ethnocentric tendencies among Japanese citizens significantly boost their support for nuclear armament. The statistical analysis relying on the survey data in Japan verifies this hypothesis. Findings from this study are essential in understanding the current discourse surrounding nuclear armament in Japan. Dissecting the process through which Japanese citizens develop their attitudes toward nuclear weapons, this study significantly advances our understanding of Japan’s identity issues in the security arena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-114
Number of pages20
JournalAsian Journal of Comparative Politics
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2022

Keywords

  • Japan
  • ethnocentrism
  • nuclear armament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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