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Japanese Nuclear History

 Documents on the history of Japanese nuclear development.

  • January 24, 1977

    Memorandum, Louis Nozenzo, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Department of State, to Joseph Nye et al., enclosing paper on 'US Policy on Foreign Reprocessing'

    A paper describing US Policy on Foreign Reprocessing and questioning economic, environmental and political arguments for reprocessing

  • March 15, 1977

    Memorandum, Patsy Mink, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, to Deputy Secretary of State, 'PRC Meeting on PRM-15 Response'

    The memorandum describing the State Department and other agencies' agreement on the need for a fuel cycle evaluation program

  • April 05, 1977

    Memorandum, Patsy Mink, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, to Deputy Secretary of State, 'State Department Views on the Partial Response to PD-8,' with attached memorandum from Warren Chr

    The memorandum describing President Carter's decision to indefinitely defer the commercial reprocessing and recylce of plutonium in the US and Japan's firm position in keeping a reprocessing capability.

  • April 14, 1977

    Memorandum of Conversation, 'Non-Proliferation and Reprocessing in Japan,' with Attached 'Possible Basis of Japan-US Understanding of Nuclear Fuel Cycle'

    The memorandum describes Japan's hope that the US will recognize an importance of plutonium technology for Japan and its desire to continue plutonium research and development activities.

  • July 30, 1977

    Memorandum from Ambassador-at-Large and Special Representative for Non-Proliferation Matters Gerard C. Smith, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Richard Holbrooke, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistan

    The memorandum describes President Carter's comrpomise with Japanese Prime Miniter Fukusa on starting up the Tokai Mura reprocessing plant under one of the State Department's three options.

  • August 31, 1977

    US Embassy Tokyo Telegram 13359 to State Department, 'Significance of the Japanese Offer to Delay Construction of the Plutonium Conversion Plant'

    The cable describing an importance of the Japanese offer to delay construction of the plutonium conversion plant in exchange of them postponing a decision for two years on co-processing.

  • November 14, 1978

    Letter, Ambassador Michael Mansfield to Gerard C. Smith

    The letter describes Ambassador Mansfield's assessment of Japanese nonproliferation policy and Japan's skepticism about President Carter's nuclear policy.

  • February 03, 1979

    US Embassy Tokyo Telegram 02669 to State Department, 'Bilateral Nuclear Consultations with Japan'

    The telegram describing a meeting between US Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Pickering and Japanese Atomic Energy Commissioner Kinya Niizeki on a plan to use a Pacific island as a storage site for spent reactor fuel.

  • August 29, 1979

    Memorandum of Conversation, 'Meeting Between Ambassador Gerard Smith and Japanese Minister of State for Science and Technology [Iwazo] Kaneko'

    The memorandum describes Japanes Minister of State for Science and Technology emphasizing the significance of a plutonium economy given Japan's energy needs.

  • October 11, 1979

    Memorandum to the Files by Gary R. Bray, ACDA/NP/NE [Bureau of Nonproliferation and Regional Arms Control, Nuclear Energy Division], 'Japanese Plutonium Supply and Demand Update'

    The memorandum describing Japan's latest plutonium supply and demand.

  • October 19, 1979

    Department of State Telegram 273943 to US Embassy Bonn et al., 'Post International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation (INFCE) Exploration'

    Explorations of common approaches to nonproliferation and engery development issues arising out of the nuclear fuel cycle.

  • November 03, 1979

    Memorandum by C.U.D., 'Observations on Our Differences with the West Europeans Over Non-Proliferation'

    The memorandum describes a difference between President Carter and the West Europeans over their commitment to limiting reprocessing and plutonium supplies for R&D work on breeder reactors.

  • November 15, 1979

    Department of State Telegram 298150 to US Embassy Tokyo, 'US-Japan Consultations on Non-Proliferation: Non-INFCE Subjects'

    The telegram describing the US-Japan Consultations on Non-Proliferation

  • November 15, 1979

    Department of State telegram 296435 to US Embassy Tokyo, 'US Japan Discussions on Post-INFCE Regime'

    The telegram describing the US-Japan Discussions on Post-INFCE Regime.

  • February 18, 1980

    Memorandum, Secretary of State Vance to President Carter, Enclosing Gerard C. Smith Report to the President, 'Nonproliferation Strategy for 1980 and Beyond'

    The memorandum conveys Smith's proposal of rethinking US nonproliferation policy on reprocessing.

  • March 17, 1980

    State Department Memorandum, 'Extension of Takai [sic] Mura: Meeting with Minister Sumiya'

    The memorandum describing the discussion on extention of the Tokai-Mura agreement and State Department officials' opinions.

  • April 09, 1980

    Memorandum to the Secretary of State from Gerard C. Smith, 'Policy Review Committee (PRC) Meeting'

    The memorandum describing Smith's argument that President Carter's nonproliferation policy of making distinctions between countries over reprocessing is discriminatory.

  • April 10, 1980

    Memorandum for Zbigniew Brzezinski from Jerry Oplinger, NSC Staff, 'Minutes of the PRC on April 9, 1980,' enclosing minutes of meeting on 'Non-Proliferation Matters'

    At the meeting of the Policy Review Committee, Gerald Smith gave a full briefing of the policy and procedural changes that he sought.

  • May 12, 1980

    Policy Review Committee, Presidential Decision Paper, 'Nonproliferation Planning Assumptions'

    The paper elaborates options for President Carter's nonproliferation policy.

  • May 21, 1980

    State Department Paper, 'Issues in the Current Review of US Post-INFCE Non-Proliferation Policy'

    Short version of the Presidential Decision Paper for policymakers.