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Why the North Korea Threat Isnít Pushing Japan to Go Nuclear

December 20, 2017
By Isabel Reynolds and Emi Nobuhiro

A glance at Japanís elementary school textbooks shows why the only nation hit by nuclear bombs is unlikely to embrace them despite the growing threat from North Korea. Among the first images of World War II is often a flattened Hiroshima, one of two cities leveled by U.S. nuclear bombs in 1945. The devastation, which left more than 200,000 people dead and tens of thousands reeling from injuries and radiation exposure, is taught in schools to children as young as six years old.
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