In this Nov. 22, 2011 photo, Japan's former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba speaks at his office in Tokyo. "Having nuclear plants shows to other nations that Japan can make nuclear weapons," Ishiba, now an opposition lawmaker, told The Associated Press. Ishiba stressed that Japan isn’t about to make nuclear weapons. But, he said, with nearby North Korea suspected of working on them, Japan needs to assert itself and say it can also make them - but is choosing not to. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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In this Nov. 22, 2011 photo, Japan's former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba speaks at his office in Tokyo. "Having nuclear plants shows to other nations that Japan can make nuclear weapons," Ishiba, now an opposition lawmaker, told The Associated Press. Ishiba stressed that Japan isn’t about to make nuclear weapons. But, he said, with nearby North Korea suspected of working on them, Japan needs to assert itself and say it can also make them - but is choosing not to. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
In this Nov. 22, 2011 photo, Japan's former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba speaks at his office in Tokyo. "Having nuclear plants shows to other nations that Japan can make nuclear weapons," Ishiba, now an opposition lawmaker, told The Associated Press. Ishiba stressed that Japan isn’t about to make nuclear weapons. But, he said, with nearby North Korea suspected of working on them, Japan needs to assert itself and say it can also make them - but is choosing not to. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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