Japan 'sought US nuclear help'

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In 1965 Japan asked the US to be ready to launch a nuclear attack on China if war broke out between the Asian rivals, documents from the time indicate.

The documents, declassified by Japan's foreign ministry, summarise talks held during a visit to Washington by Japan's then prime minister, Eisaku Sato.

Mr Sato won the Nobel peace prize in 1974 for his rejection of nuclear weapons.

Japan is committed to pacifism under the terms of its post-war constitution.

It is the only country in the world to have suffered a nuclear attack.

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