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AUKUS as a catalyst for more strategy for Japan

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By Nobumasa Akiyama

Australia's decision to build attack nuclear submarines in cooperation with the United States and the United Kingdom, while breaking its contract with France to procure conventional submarines, was received with great surprise in Japan. Initially, a proposal to procure conventional Japanese submarines to replace Australia's Collins-class submarines had been regarded as the most likely option, but the French proposal had defeated that of Japan in a 2016 tender.

Therefore, interest in Australia's decision was extremely high in the Japanese security community. During the presidential election of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, two of the four candidates responded to questions from the media that Japan should consider owning nuclear submarines in the future. (However, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the winner of the election, did not mention the possession of nuclear submarines.)

The so-called AUKUS, a framework for security cooperation among Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, has been attracting much attention for its nuclear submarine deal. But the submarine deal is not the only one. As many commentators have already mentioned, it is part of an effort to build a reliable security supply chain and also includes the procurement of the Tomahawk long-range cruise missile and cooperation in advanced technologies, such as cyber, artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

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