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Sexist remarks represent the ‘typical thoughts’ of Japanese men
Criticism has finally emerged over sexist speech in Japan’s legislatures. Until now, nothing had been done about these despicable, seemingly unbearable remarks, despite the...
New nuclear watchdog commissioner received additional industry...
Satoru Tanaka, a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An incoming commissioner of the Nuclear Regulation Authority received payments from the nuclear industry until last month, raising fresh doubts about his impartiality at the...
VOX POPULI: Public's words blow away Abe's arguments for security...
People from all walks of life protest at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo over the Cabinet’s approval to allow the nation to exercise its right to collective self-defense on July 1. (Hikaru Uchida)
“Kotodama no sakiwau kuni,” a classical name of Japan, means “a country blessed by the spirit of language.”
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Cabinet opens door for SDF to use force...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference on July 1 after the Cabinet approved a document that changes the government's interpretation of the Constitution. (Shogo Koshida)
Despite huge protests around the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on July 1 approved changes to Japan’s postwar security policy that could lead to the...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Cue sheet goes well beyond Cabinet document...
New Komeito vice head Kazuo Kitagawa, far left, and his LDP counterpart Masahiko Komura take part in discussions on June 27 on changing the government interpretation regarding the exercise of the right to collective self-defense. (Shogo Koshida)
When the Cabinet rubber-stamps a document to authorize a drastic change in the government interpretation on the issue of exercising the right to collective self-defense, it...
Audio analysis finds multiple hecklers in Tokyo assembly
Members of opposition parties protest in front of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly president over his handling of discussions on June 25, the final day of the assembly's regular session. (Tatsuya Shimada)
While the Tokyo metropolitan assembly is trying to put an end to the scandal over sexually harassing taunts at an assemblywoman by placing blame on a single heckler, a voice...
EDITORIAL: Abe’s defense policy initiative represents gross...
Protesters rally in front of the prime minister's office in Tokyo on June 27 over the Abe administration’s drive to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. (Tatsuya Shimada)
In a nutshell, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security policy initiative for collective self-defense means allowing Japan to do something that successive governments have said...
Triple killer executed in Osaka
Police investigators uncover the bodies of Keiko Miura and her two granddaughters near Sakaide Port, Kagawa Prefecture, in November 2007. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A man who killed his sister-in-law and her two young granddaughters while they slept was executed in Osaka on June 26, in the first hanging in Japan this year.
VOX POPULI: Exercising the right to collective self-defense...
Natsuo Yamaguchi, left, leader of New Komeito, junior partner of the ruling coalition, attends a party meeting on the government proposal to exercise Japan’s right to collective self-defense in Tokyo on June 25. (Shogo Koshida)
I have never read anything more unintelligible than the ruling coalition’s draft document concerning Japan’s exercise of its right to collective self-defense.
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: New Komeito agrees to revised collective...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and New Komeito head Natsuo Yamaguchi (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Japan's ruling coalition has agreed in principle to a draft document that would change the government interpretation of the Constitution to allow for the exercise of the right...
EDITORIAL: LDP shows utter lack of sincerity in debate on...
People rally against the government's plan to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense on June 23 in Sendai's Aoba Ward. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Negotiations between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, New Komeito, on the issue of Japan's right to collective self-defense are not only...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: LDP retracts proposal on using force in...
Kazuo Kitagawa, vice leader of New Komeito, left, speaks during a meeting with officials of the Liberal Democratic Party on June 20. (Shogo Koshida)
Fearing heightened opposition from its junior coalition partner, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party shelved a proposal to allow Japan to use force in collective security...
Japan unveils latest installment of 'Third Arrow' reforms
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a news conference in Tokyo on June 24 (Shogo Koshida/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a package of measures on June 24 aimed to boost Japan's long-term economic growth, from phased-in corporate tax cuts to a bigger role for...
VOX POPULI: No place for 'macho' politicians in today's world
Akihiro Suzuki, a Tokyo metropolitan assembly member, during a news conference June 23. (The Asahi Shimbun)
I once saw a man humiliate a woman right before my very eyes.
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: 9% satisfied with collective self-defense...
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Only 9 percent of voters feel the Abe administration has conducted sufficient debate on drastically changing Japan’s postwar security policy, while the Cabinet’s support...
Tokyo assemblyman admits to sexist taunting; Shiomura says 'too...
Akihiro Suzuki, a Tokyo metropolitan assembly member, apologizes to his colleague Ayaka Shiomura at the assembly building in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on June 23. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Pressed by the ruling party, a Tokyo assemblyman on June 23 belatedly admitted to sexually taunting a female colleague, but criticism continued to rage over the scandal that...
EDITORIAL: Ruling coalition's radical security policy shift doomed ...
From left, Kazuo Kitagawa, New Komeito vice president, LDP Vice President Masahiko Komura and Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba attend a coalition meeting on national security on June 20. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The talks between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, New Komeito, over Japan’s right to collective self-defense are already entering the...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Even New Komeito considers contradictory...
New Komeito vice chief Kazuo Kitagawa, center, and LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba, right, attend a coalition meeting on national security on June 13. (Shogo Koshida)
Under pressure from its coalition partner, New Komeito is considering giving its consent for Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense but only in limited...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Abe sets deadline on collective self-defense ...
New Komeito vice leader Kazuo Kitagawa, far left, takes part in discussions on collective self-defense on June 10 with his LDP counterparts, Masahiko Komura, party vice president, and Shigeru Ishiba, LDP secretary-general. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ratcheted up the pressure on New Komeito, the junior coalition partner that is running out of options and annoying its biggest support group on...
EDITORIAL: Ruling coalition talks on collective self-defense are a ...
Saitama prefectural bar association members in Saitama's Urawa Ward on June 9 protest the government's plan to allow Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and junior coalition partner New Komeito held closed-door talks on June 10 on Japan’s right to collective self-defense. During the talks,...