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Ukraine crisis sparks debate in Japan on nuclear-sharing with the US, a once taboo subject

A protester dressed in colours of the Ukranian flag holds flowers during a rally against the Ukraine war in Tokyo, Japan, on March 5, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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TOKYO - Former prime minister Shinzo Abe has broached what was previously a taboo issue when he said that Japan should consider a "nuclear-sharing" agreement with the United States.

Mr Abe, who retains a lot of clout within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) as leader of its largest faction, said that Ukraine would not have been invaded if it had its own nuclear weapons or a similar nuclear-sharing pact.

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