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Asahi poll: 63% oppose Abe's attempt to lift ban on collective...
The Asahi Shimbun
More than 60 percent of voters oppose the Abe administration’s plan to lift the nation’s self-imposed ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense, according to...
Lower House votes to export nuclear technology and 'safety myth'
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Tokyo on Jan. 7 (Pool)
The Lower House’s vote to approve pacts that allow for the export of Japanese nuclear technology to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates has some lawmakers concerned.
ANALYSIS: Japan’s arms export rules come with pitfalls, secrecy, ...
The Asahi Shimbun
The defense industry and the prime minister’s circle are hailing the lifting of Japan’s decades-old ban on weapons exports. But critics say the new rules leave open the...
Japan moves to expand controversial foreign worker scheme
Chinese workers assemble automobile parts at a factory in Fukuoka Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan is considering expanding a controversial program that now offers workers from China and elsewhere permits to work for up to three years, as the world's fastest-aging...
New Komeito executive: Right to individual self-defense all that...
New Komeito Secretary-General Yoshihisa Inoue (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A junior coalition partner senior official is urging caution toward the government's push to be allowed to assist an ally under attack, saying the nation's right to individual...
LDP seeks longer stays for foreign workers amid growing...
Chinese trainees pack frozen salmon at a seafood processing plant in Miyagi Prefecture in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling party is set to call on the government to allow foreigners who receive on-the-job training in Japan to remain in the country for longer periods to help alleviate...
LDP members criticize collective self-defense drive; Abe presses on
Seiko Noda, chairwoman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s General Council, second from left, opens discussions on allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense on March 17 in Tokyo. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe largely dismissed calls from many ruling party lawmakers to take a more cautious approach in his quest to allow Japan to exercise the right to...
Japan vows to uphold Kono statement but will review it anyway
South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks about the Kono and Murayama statements in Seoul on Jan. 6. (Akira Nakano)
Japan insists it will uphold the 1993 statement of apology to wartime “comfort women,” but the Abe administration still plans to investigate doubts raised on its veracity.
INSIGHT: The deep roots of Abe's drive for collective self-defense
The U.S. Navy's Landing Craft Air Cushion carrying Japanese GSDF vehicles and mortars lands off the coast of California in a joint training exercise on Feb. 19. (The Asahi Shimbun)
A frustrated Japanese academic and a former diplomat decided to distribute a book to politicians to bolster Japan’s security policy and end the nation’s sense of...
INSIGHT: Abe to reshuffle Cabinet to strengthen base for security...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledges passage of the fiscal 2014 budget in the Lower House on Feb. 28. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to reshuffle his Cabinet and ruling party executive posts as early as in summer to strengthen his hand in drastically changing Japan’s...
VOX POPULI: The constitutional debate over 'human beings' vs....
Many books on constitutional reform have been published in recent years due to increased interest in the issue. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In a lecture he delivered titled "Watashi no Kojin-shugi" (My individualism), novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) recalled that while he was living in misery in London, he...
Abe's zeal on collective self-defense puzzles even LDP members
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question from Katsuya Okada of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan during a Lower House Budget Committee session on Feb. 20. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is so eager to lift Japan’s ban on exercising the right of collective self-defense that he appears unwilling to wait for his panel’s opinions on...
Troubled Monju prototype reactor may be headed for research role
The Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A key component of Japan's nuclear fuel recycling project, which has been plagued by problems over the past 20 years, will instead focus on research to reduce the volume of...
600,000 votes for Tamogami may signal rise of ultraconservatives
Toshio Tamogami gives a speech during campaigning in the Tokyo gubernatorial election in Shibuya Ward on Jan. 23. (Asahi Shimbu file photo)
Toshio Tamogami’s strong showing in the Feb. 9 election for Tokyo governor far exceeded the expectations of campaign strategists even in his own camp and in the ruling...
INSIGHT: Tokyo vote emboldens moves for reactor restarts
LDP-backed candidate Yoichi Masuzoe, front, bows to Nobuteru Ishihara, head of the LDP's Tokyo chapter, after winning the Tokyo gubernatorial election on Feb. 9. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Yoichi Masuzoe’s landslide victory in the Feb. 9 election for Tokyo governor strengthened the hand of the Abe administration in its efforts to forge ahead with restarts of...
Local residents say ballooning public works budget not going where ...
Plans call for the construction of a taller coastal levee in Miyagi Prefecture in this section of the city of Kesennuma's Koizumi district. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe administration has massively increased budgetary outlays for public works projects as part of recovery efforts from the Great East Japan Earthquake, but some residents...
Ministry reprimands interpreter for adding words to Abe's World...
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 22. (AP Photo)
The Foreign Ministry has reprimanded the simultaneous interpreter who embellished Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s remarks last month comparing current Japan-China relations and...
Electric power industry steps up push for new nuclear reactors
A copy of the document the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan distributed to Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers (Yosuke Fukudome)
Conveniently ignoring the nuclear disaster in Japan nearly three years ago, the electric power industry has been brazenly lobbying members of the ruling party to construct new...
ANALYSIS: LDP desperate for rebound on local level before Tokyo...
Shigeru Ishiba, secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, attends a news conference on Jan. 20, a day after the party’s candidate was defeated in the Nago mayoral election. (Shogo Koshida)
While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s grip over Diet affairs shows no signs of weakening, his ruling party has been on a losing streak at the local level.
Re-elected Nago mayor says he can stop move of U.S. base to his...
Re-elected Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine performs an Okinawa traditional dance with supporters after winning the city's mayoral election on Jan. 19. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine renewed his opposition to the relocation of the U.S. military's Futenma base to Nago in Okinawa Prefecture a day after he won re-election by a...