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Disarmament Diplomacy

Issue No. 41, November 1999

Japanese Vice-Minister Resigns After Nuclear Weapons Comments

On October 20, Shingo Nishimura, Japan's Vice Minister of Defence, was forced to resign after controversial statements defending nuclear deterrence published in Playboy magazine. In Nishimura's grotesque analogy: "If there were no punishment for rape, then we would all be rapists. But that's not the case, as punishment acts as a deterrence... 'Collective security' can be thought of as a man helping a woman who is being raped. In the same way, 'invasion' is getting rid of men in a country and raping their women..."

Report: Japan Vice-Minister resigns, puts pressure on PM, Reuters, October 20.

© 1999 The Acronym Institute.

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