Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and other executives of the Liberal Democratic Party gather in Tokyo on Nov. 29 to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the ruling party. (Shinichi Iizuka)
ASAHI POLL: Majority of LDP rank-and-file seek caution on constitutional revision
Rank-and-file members of the ruling party largely disagree with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to revise the Constitution and are wary of his policy-pushing methods, but they still highly praise their leader, a survey showed.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister's office on Nov. 5 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Abe restates pledge to lead drive for constitutional revision
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his commitment to amending the nation's pacifist Constitution on Nov. 28, calling on his Liberal Democratic Party to return to its original charter of reforming postwar political and social frameworks.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga meet in Tokyo on Sept. 7. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo trying to appease residents near new U.S. base site with annual subsidies
The government is to offer direct cash subsidies to the three districts of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, this fiscal year in an effort to soften the opposition of residents to a new U.S. military facility.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, greets Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), at a Keidanren gathering in Tokyo in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
LDP huge beneficiary of corporate donations
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is rolling in cash, courtesy of being almost the sole beneficiary of political donations from companies and industrial or other organizations.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi pose after a joint news conference in Tokyo in September 2014. (Pool)
Abe to hold 4th summit with Indian leader Modi
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit India on Dec. 11 to hold his fourth summit meeting with Indian leader Narendra Modi on defense and nuclear cooperation, government sources said.
Relatives of Unit 731 victims among Chinese denied entry to Japan
Japan has refused entry to 12 Chinese, including relatives of victims of Japan’s notorious Unit 731, who were invited to symposiums in Tokyo on wartime issues, the event organizers said Nov. 26.
A Soryu-class submarine of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan ready to submit proposal for Australia submarine deal
Japan is set to bid on joint development and production of an Australian submarine, Tokyo's first major military transfer since World War II.
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan plans to deploy troops near disputed Senkaku Islands
Japan's deputy defense minister met with the mayor of a southern island on Nov. 26 to seek his support for the planned deployment of hundreds of troops in the region close to disputed East China Sea islands.
A rice farmer in Shimane Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Domestic policy framework: Abe wants farmers on side for 2016
The Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade arrangement offers an unparalleled opportunity to convert Japanese agriculture into an internationally competitive sector, according to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Kashikojima island, center, will be the main venue of the 2016 summit of industrialized countries in Shima, Mie Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Mie Prefecture to ground all drone flights over 2016 G-7 summit venue
TSU--In a pre-emptive strike against a possible terrorist attack from the air, drones will be banned from flying over the venue of the Ise-Shima Group of Seven summit scheduled for May 2016.
The Senkaku Islands (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan, China to discuss avoiding maritime encounters next month
BEIJING--Japanese and Chinese officials will meet next month to discuss contentious maritime issues, including how to avoid unexpected clashes in the East China Sea.
Maritime Self-Defense Force airmen prepare to embark on a training mission at Ozuki Air Base in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan weighing exporting MSDF trainer planes to Philippines
Japan is considering offering training aircraft to the Philippines, which would mark the first time it has exported used defense equipment overseas.
Shigeru Ishiba, left, state minister in charge of revitalizing local economies, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Abe rival Ishiba says Japan should accept more immigrants
Ruling party heavyweight Shigeru Ishiba said the government should allow more immigrants to live in Japan, a statement that contradicts the stance of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani greets U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter before their talks in Malaysia on Nov. 3. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nakatani: Japan needs better missile defense against North Korea
HONOLULU--Japan is considering acquiring a more advanced missile defense system to counter "the evolving threat from North Korea," Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said here.
Yusuke Yokobatake, director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, responds to questions in a Lower House special committee session in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Bureau kept no records on discussing reinterpretation of Constitution
The Cabinet Legislation Bureau left behind no records of its discussions on the government’s reinterpretation of the pacifist Constitution that transformed Japan’s postwar security policy and sparked protests across the nation.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta in April. (Pool)
Tokyo to hold 2+2 ministerial meeting with Jakarta to discuss defense
HONOLULU--Japan's and Indonesia's foreign and defense ministers will hold their first meeting next month in Tokyo.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan to move ahead with terrorist intelligence-gathering unit
KUALA LUMPUR--Japan is pushing up its schedule to establish an anti-terrorism intelligence-gathering unit in response to the recent terrorist outrage in Paris.
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Japan, Australia agree to bolster military cooperation in 2+2 meeting
SYDNEY--Foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Australia agreed here to swiftly sign a pact to make cooperation between their armed forces easier.
Ichiro Matsui, left, and Hirofumi Yoshimura of the regional party Osaka Ishin no Kai hold a news conference on the evening of Nov. 22. (Eijiro Morii)
Osaka Ishin no Kai pushes realignment plan after winning governor, mayor races
OSAKA--Regional party Osaka Ishin no Kai defeated ruling Liberal Democratic Party-backed candidates to score a double victory in the Osaka gubernatorial and mayoral elections on Nov. 22.
From left: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Myanmar President Thein Sein and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend the Gala Dinner at the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 21. (AP Photo)
Abe raises South China Sea issue with Modi at ASEAN conference
KUALA LUMPUR--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, shared concerns over China’s construction of artificial islands that have fueled territorial feuds in the South China Sea.

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