March 05, 2015
Confrontation is escalating between the central government and Okinawa Prefecture over the preparatory work for land reclamation to build a new U.S. air base off the Henoko district of Nago. When completed, it will replace the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan.
March 04, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Democratic Party of Japan leader Katsuya Okada on March 3 joined a growing list of political heavyweights whose party branches received contributions from companies that were awarded government subsidies.
March 03, 2015
People in various parts of Japan gathered in meetings last month to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death of Yun Dong-ju (1917-45), who is revered and beloved in South Korea as a national poet.
March 02, 2015
A panel of experts commissioned by the Osaka city government has recently submitted a report to Mayor Toru Hashimoto on dealing with hate speech, or discriminatory expressions that incite hatred toward a particular racial or ethnic group.
February 28, 2015
The arrest of three teenagers Feb. 27 on suspicion of murdering a boy in Kawasaki has left us wondering why the school and the local community failed to protect the 13-year-old's life.
February 27, 2015
The use of small, unmanned flying robots called drones is spreading rapidly in various fields.
February 26, 2015
An advisory council of experts on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s planned statement to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II held its first meeting on Feb. 25.
February 25, 2015
Under Japan’s traditional system of overseeing operations of the Self-Defense Forces, the defense minister and bureaucrats in civilian positions “outrank” uniformed SDF officers.
February 24, 2015
Two Japanese citizens protesting ongoing work to construct a U.S. military base off the city of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, have been unreasonably arrested.
February 23, 2015
Some irregular remarks were made at a recent session of the Lower House Budget Committee that left us wondering if we heard them right.
February 21, 2015
The government is showing alarming signs of pursuing a radical and dangerous expansion of the Self-Defense Forces’ operations overseas through proposed new security legislation, which is the focus of the current Diet session.
February 20, 2015
The Supreme Court has decided to hear a case concerning the constitutionality of a Civil Law provision that bans married couples from using different surnames.
February 19, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Self-Defense Forces can be deployed to carry out minesweeping operations in the Strait of Hormuz even though a cease-fire has yet to be reached in the area.
February 18, 2015
The ongoing debate in the Diet inevitably turns our attention to the significance of Japan’s 70 post-World War II years.
February 17, 2015
Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward has announced its plan to recognize same-sex relationships as the equivalent of marriages and issue “partnership certificates” to gay couples.
February 16, 2015
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, its junior coalition partner, have opened talks on national security legislation this month, the focus of the current Diet session.
February 14, 2015
The Nuclear Regulation Authority has formally approved an application by Kansai Electric Power Co. to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at its Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture.
February 13, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb. 12 delivered a fairly passionate policy speech at the Diet stressing his commitment to reform.
February 12, 2015
A senior government official who was involved in the handling of the recent hostage crisis said his perception of the experience is that “Japan’s crisis management has entered a totally different dimension from that in the past.”
February 11, 2015
The Abe Cabinet on Feb. 10 approved a new “development cooperation charter” to replace the official development assistance charter that used to provide the guidelines for Japan’s aid policy for developing nations.