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Abe panel considers move that could pave way for SDF to use force...
Ground Self-Defense Forces personnel were deployed in Samawah, Iraq, from 2003 to 2006 as part of Japan's humanitarian and reconstruction assistance. The dispatch caused a huge controversy because of the country's pacifist Constitution amid pressure on Japan to play a role commensurate with its international standing. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A government panel is considering allowing the Self-Defense Forces to not only provide support to multinational forces anywhere in the world, but also to the use of force if...
INSIGHT: Armed Chinese fishermen landing on Senkakus? Who is...
A video shows the collision between a Chinese trawler and a Japan Coast Guard cutter in September 2010 in waters near the Senkaku Islands. (Taken from YouTube website)
A spurious defense argument is being made by proponents of reinterpreting the Constitution as part of moves to allow Japan to engage in the right to collective self-defense.
INTERVIEW/ Evan Medeiros: China’s attempt to isolate Japan...
Evan Medeiros, senior director for Asian affairs of the U.S. National Security Council (Yuko Lanham)
While emphasizing the need for improved bilateral relations between Japan and China, the Obama administration's premier Asia expert criticized China’s recent diplomatic...
ANALYSIS: Desire to assist U.S. military not based on real-world...
The MSDF Aegis destroyer Kirishima launches a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptor during a test launch in waters near Hawaii. (Provided by the MSDF)
On a real-world level, the push by the Abe administration to allow for the exercise of the right of collective self-defense is based more on emotions than logic.
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...
Abe panel defines conditions to exercise right of collective...
Shinichi Kitaoka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An advisory panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid out five conditions that would be established in deciding whether Japan can exercise its right of collective self-defense.
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...
China active in Southeast Asian joint exercise for 1st time
South Korean soldiers take part in the joint military exercise Cobra Gold on Feb. 14 in Thailand. (AP Photo)
China took part for the first time in the largest joint military training exercise in Southeast Asia, though its engagement was limited to humanitarian endeavors.
19 dead, towns stranded after snowstorm hits eastern Japan
Vehicles are stuck on National Route No. 18 in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, on Feb. 17. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
At least 19 people died after a weekend snowstorm in eastern Japan damaged buildings, stranded thousands of train passengers and motorists and cut off supply routes for entire...
EDITORIAL: Provision of ammunition in 'exceptional case' must be...
The Self-Defense Forces' Type 89 assault rifle uses 5.56-mm ammunition, which was provided to South Korean troops in South Sudan. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe administration on Dec. 23 ordered a Ground Self-Defense Force unit deployed in U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan to give 10,000 rounds of rifle ammunition to...
Japan supplies ammo to S. Korean military units in South Sudan
Self-Defense Force members provide water to refugees at a UNMISS facility in Juba, South Sudan, on Dec. 22. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan has provided rifle ammunition to South Korean peacekeepers in South Sudan, which is on the verge of civil war, reversing its long-held ban on supplying arms to U.N....
New national security strategy aims at allowing weapons exports
Air Self-Defense Force members prepare an F-15 fighter jet for a scramble. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Dec. 17 approved the nation's first national security strategy calling for revising a pillar of Japan's postwar pacifism and...
Sumitomo Heavy doctored machine gun data
The Ground SDF uses a Sumitomo Heavy Industry 5.56 millimeter machine gun. (Taken from the GSDF website)
Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. falsified performance data on machine guns it supplies the Defense Ministry, possibly affecting Japanese troops’ defense capability, in yet...
PM Abe: U.S. did not ask airlines to comply with China's air...
All Nippon Airways (ANA) aircraft are shown on the runway at Narita Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture. Japanese carriers ANA Holdings and Japan Airlines are flying through a newly established Chinese air defense zone over the East China Sea without informing China, under an agreement with Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied U.S. media reports that Washington asked domestic airlines to comply with Chinese demand to notify Beijing before they fly through China’s...
Japan baffled by U.S. telling airlines to respect new Chinese air...
Computer screens display a map showing the outline of China's new air defense zone in the East China on the website of the Chinese Ministry of Defense, in Beijing on Nov. 26. Chinese characters in red in the center of the map at left reads: "Air Defense Identification Zone in East China Sea." (AP Photo)
U.S. State Department guidance to domestic airlines that they comply with China's new air defense zone in the East China Sea has perplexed Japan, which wonders if it still has...
Japan questions Beijing claims it scrambled fighters over new...
A Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C surveillance aircraft patrols near Uotsurishima Island, one of the Senkaku Islands, in this 2011 photo. (Pool)
Japan's Defense Ministry is casting doubt on Chinese claims it scrambled fighter jets Nov. 29 to intercept Self-Defense Force and U.S. military aircraft flying in its recently...
Chinese envoy says Beijing will not retract ADIZ
Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on Nov. 29 (Teruo Kashiyama)
Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua said Beijing will not retract the Air Defense Identification Zone it established over the East China Sea last week.
SDF, U.S. military say operations unaffected by China's ADIZ
Robert Thomas, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, at a joint news conference on Nov. 27 aboard the USS George Washington (Kuniichi Tanida)
Senior Japanese and U.S. officials said they will carry out their defense activities as usual despite China’s new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea.
JSDF planes have flown into China's new air zone
A Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C surveillance aircraft patrols near Uotsurishima Island, one of the Senkaku Islands, in 2011. (Pool)
Japanese Self-Defense Force airplanes have conducted routine surveillance missions over disputed islands in the East China Sea without informing China, despite Beijing...