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Private sector would play major role in POW camps if Japan comes...
A Ground Self-Defense Force's Type 90 tank arrives at Oita Port on a private company-owned car ferry in November 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With the recent abrupt shift in defense policy, the prospect of Japan setting up prisoner of war camps in the event it comes under armed attack is now getting a serious airing.
Sources: Chinese fighter made dangerous pass to obstruct SDF plane
A Chinese military Su-27 fighter jet that approached a Self-Defense Forces aircraft June 11 (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
BEIJING--Chinese fighter jets that flew within a whisker of Self-Defense Forces aircraft in the East China Sea in May and June obstructed an Air SDF aircraft in a highly...
Fears reverberate about possible draft despite Abe’s dismissal...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlines plans to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense at a news conference on July 1. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly ruled out conscription, fears remain strong among the public about the possibility as Japan heads toward a more expansive...
Anti-war Bon dance festival marks 50th anniversary in Hokkaido
The Yausubetsu Peace Bon Odori dance festival is held Aug. 9 at the Kawase farm in Betsukai, Hokkaido. (Masashi Rokubuichi)
BETSUKAI, Hokkaido--Around 800 people joined an anti-war festival at a dairy farm here that has been a “fortress for peace movements” for half a century despite being...
The implications of Japanese collective self-defense on Korean...
Dennis Blair, left, and Cho Sei-young (Photos by Takashi Watanabe and Atsushi Hiroshima)
A military conflict on the Korean Peninsula was one scenario envisioned by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet when it decided to allow Japan to exercise the right to...
Defense minister says Osprey purchase planned for new SDF unit
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera prepares for a test flight on an Osprey at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on July 10. (Shinobu Konno)
WASHINGTON--The Defense Ministry intends to purchase several U.S. Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft in the next fiscal year as part of a plan to establish an amphibious...
Sour relations with Japan lead to cancellation of 2 events in S....
Visitors pack the Osaka Tenpozan special gallery in Osaka's Minato Ward for the "One Piece" exhibition in November 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--A South Korean hotel banned a Japanese Embassy event while a museum in the capital scrapped a Japanese manga and anime exhibition, two last-minute decisions that...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Former top LDP official lambasts Abe's move...
Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Hiromu Nonaka criticizes the Abe Cabinet in a meeting in Nagoya’s Nishi Ward on July 6. (Hwang Chul)
NAGOYA--A former secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party blasted the Abe Cabinet for approving a constitutional reinterpretation to allow Japan to exercise the ...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT/ COMMENTARY: Can Japan say 'No' to the United ...
Ground Self-Defense Force members on patrol near Samawah, Iraq, in 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Washington, quick to embrace the Abe administration's shift in defense policy, appears to expect that Japanese soldiers will fight alongside U.S. troops in future military...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT/ COMMENTARY: Japan must not become a military ...
Protesters in front of the prime minister's office on July 1 shout their opposition to the Abe Cabinet's move to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. (Hikaru Uchida)
July 1 will be remembered as the darkest day in the history of Japan's constitutionalism because of the Abe Cabinet's approval to change the government interpretation of the...
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: Abe putting SDF in mortal danger, retired...
Kyoji Yanagisawa, a former Defense Ministry official, has established Jieitai wo Ikasu Kai (Group for utilizing the SDF). (Mari Endo)
A former senior Defense Ministry official is warning that members of the Self-Defense Forces could die in international conflicts if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe allows Japan to...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Use of military force proposed in U.N.-led...
Liberal Democratic Party Vice President Masahiko Komura speaks with Shigeru Ishiba, the party secretary-general, in the Lower House on June 19. (Shogo Koshida)
In another marked shift from postwar national security policy, the Abe administration is considering allowing the use of military force when Japan takes part in collective...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ THE EMPEROR AND 3/11 DISASTER (9): Imperial...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrive at Fukushima Airport on May 11, 2011. (Pool)
Editor's note: This is the ninth part of a new series under The Prometheus Trap heading. It centers on the involvement of imperial family members with victims of the Great East ...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Abe tells ruling coalition to consider SDF...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eats curry and rice prepared with locally grown beef in Hoki, Tottori Prefecture, on June 14. He was visiting the town on an inspection tour. (Shohei Sasagawa)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe advised the ruling coalition to discuss allowing minesweeping missions by Japanese ships in the Middle East under permissible collective self-defense...
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...
Beijing: SDF fighters approached first in East China Sea encounter
An image released by Beijing shows an Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter jet allegedly approaching a Chinese patrol aircraft. (From the Chinese Ministry of National Defense website)
BEIJING--China rejected Japan’s reports of a close encounter in the East China Sea, claiming Japanese fighter jets buzzed a Chinese patrol plane first.
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Abe's collective self-defense plan based on...
Protesters at Nagasaki Peace Park on June 9 oppose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to reinterpret the Constitution to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. (Kyosuke Yamamoto)
The Cabinet’s approval for allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense will be based on part of a 1972 government view whose conclusion actually...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Abe administration to set 'guidelines'...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe listens as New Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi asks a question at an Upper House session in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In a bid to gain the support of its reluctant junior coalition partner, New Komeito, the Abe administration is preparing "guidelines" to limit the activities of the...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Former SDF officer critical of 'minimum'...
U.S. Marines and Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force members participate in Dawn Blitz on San Clemente Island off the California coast in June 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A former high-ranking Self-Defense Forces officer at a June 7 symposium raised doubts from his experience in the SDF about the effort by the Abe administration to allow Japan...