Japan's Nuclear Option: Political, Technical, and Strategic Factors
By John E. Endicott
Praeger, 1975, 289 pp.
Stresses in U.S.-Japanese Security Relations
By Fred Greene
Brookings Institution, 1975, 110 pp.
The Japanese outlook on defense remains an important linchpin of the Asian political balance. Endicott, on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy, reviews the nuclear question with considerable skill and background knowledge, concluding that a decision to embark on a nuclear weapons program will be postponed until there is a serious direct threat to Japanese security that cannot be countered by bilateral or multilateral means. Greene's succinct analysis is a valuable updater on the security debate in Japan and emphasizes the importance of keeping overall Washington-Tokyo relations on an even keel.