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Diet debate on security bills starts with confusion over limits on ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enters the Lower House chamber on May 26. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Remarks by Abe administration officials on the possibility of Japan attacking enemy bases sparked confusion before nuts-and-bolts deliberations on national security legislation ...
Abe: SDF will be deployed to safe areas, minesweeping an...
Katsuya Okada, leader of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a one-on-one debate in the Diet on May 20. (Kazuhiro Nagashima and Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said May 20 the Self-Defense Forces will only be dispatched to safe areas and will not land on territory and use force in their expanded roles under...
EDITORIAL: Abe's responses to security questions smack of...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
What stood out in the first debates between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and opposition party heads in the current Diet session was Abe’s insincere replies that were designed to ...
EDITORIAL: The dangers of applying security legislation in South...
A large-scale facility is being set up by China on Gaven Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Provided by Philippine government sources)
Tensions are escalating in the South China Sea. China’s large-scale land reclamation project is progressing rapidly on the disputed Spratly Islands, and a 3,000-meter-class...
Opposition parties attack LDP as controversial security bills...
Chiefs of the Diet affairs committees of the ruling parties and the opposition bloc discuss the proceedings of the proposed security legislation at a meeting on May 15. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The opposition bloc has wasted no time in launching a wave of attacks against the ruling Liberal Democratic Party over the controversial package of security bills submitted to...
VOX POPULI: Those who debate security bills never have to take up...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks about security legislation at a news conference in Tokyo on May 14. (The Asahi Shimbun)
May 8 marked the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
For SDF members, security bills elicit calls of duty, raise fears...
Members of the Self-Defense Forces stand guard in Djibouti on Jan. 18. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Members of the Self-Defense Forces expressed mixed feelings about proposed legislation that is intended to significantly expand their missions overseas and could possibly put...
Tokyo protesters ‘absolutely opposed to war bills’; Cabinet...
Protesters in front of the prime minister's office in Tokyo on May 14 hold up signs that say, "Don't make war." (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
Hundreds of protesters rallied in front of the prime minister’s office on May 14 to denounce national security legislation that they say will allow Japan to wage war.
INSIGHT: Conditions for exercising right to collective...
Kazuo Kitagawa, left, deputy head of Komeito, and Masahiko Komura, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, meet with reporters after the two parties agreed to national security-related legislation on May 11. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A key bill that allows Japanese military forces to exercise the right to collective self-defense contains such vague wording that it is open to all sorts of interpretations.
EDITORIAL: A dangerous turning point for postwar Japan
Masahiko Komura, right, vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party, addresses a meeting of ruling coalition members on the national security legislation on May 11. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, reached a formal agreement during talks May 11 on proposed security legislation that would...
Security legislation set for Diet after getting green light from...
Members of the Ground Self-Defense Force enter their camp in Samawah, Iraq, in March 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Controversial security legislation that would mark a sweeping shift in Japan's defense policy, including allowing its Self-Defense Forces to assist an ally under attack, was...
VOX POPULI: The hefty price of Abe's crossing of the Rubicon
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama shake hands before their summit meeting in Washington on April 28. (The Asahi Shimbun)
In 1949, only a few years after the end of World War II, someone described Japan as the “Switzerland of the Pacific.”
New defense guidelines expand Japan-U.S. military alliance to...
From left, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter hold a news conference on April 27 after their meeting in New York. (The Asahi Shimbun)
NEW YORK--In a pivotal sea change that bolsters the Japan-U.S. alliance, the Self-Defense Forces can now be dispatched globally to assist the U.S. military in defending other...
Japanese Catholic leaders voice concern over Abe administration in ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe describes a gift to Pope Francis during their meeting in June 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A statement released by Catholic leaders in Japan to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II expressed their wariness over what they view as the nation's attempts...
Japan's defense cooperation with U.S. to expand to five areas,...
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo and Washington will expand the areas of defense cooperation from the current three to five under new guidelines that clearly mention Japan’s outlying islands.
VOX POPULI: A farewell to pacifism as Japan's 'army' shakes off...
A meeting of ruling coalition members on the national security legislation held on April 21 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Working for a newspaper, I sometimes balk at using certain words or expressions when I write. "Former Japanese Army" was one such phrasing a senior colleague of mine, now...
EDITORIAL: Security legislation riddled with loopholes
A meeting of ruling coalition members on the national security legislation held on April 17 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, reached agreement April 21 on the last pending issue concerning the planned national security...
SDF holding third joint amphibious landing exercise on outlying...
SDF members unload vehicles from a hovercraft that landed on Ukujima island during a joint training exercise on April 14. (Sunao Gushiken)
SASEBO, Nagasaki Prefecture--Ground and Maritime Self-Defense Force members are holding joint landing exercises to prepare for the eventual establishment of an amphibious...
Operations in Strait of Hormuz to come under new defense guidelines
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, right, meets with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on April 8 at the Defense Ministry. (Pool)
Japan and the United States are using discussions on revisions to defense cooperation guidelines to address their respective domestic and security concerns.
Defense minister discusses revised military collaboration pact...
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani meets with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on April 8. (Pool)
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani met with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on April 8 in Tokyo as part of the process to revise defense cooperation guidelines between ...