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Former legislation bureau chiefs criticize security bills as...
Reiichi Miyazaki, a professor at Hosei University and former director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, addresses members of the Lower House special committee deliberating security legislation on June 22. The other experts called before the panel are, from right, Setsu Kobayashi, professor emeritus at Keio University; Masahiro Sakata, a lawyer and another former director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau; Osamu Nishi, a professor emeritus at Komazawa University; and Satoshi Morimoto, a former defense minister. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Two former heads of the government body that screens the constitutionality of legislative bills criticized security legislation that would greatly expand the overseas role of...
Opposition party drafts security counterproposal to restrict SDF...
Toru Hashimoto, supreme adviser of the Japan Innovation Party (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The opposition Japan Innovation Party has compiled its own security legislation proposal that is at odds with the plans of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concerning overseas...
EDITORIAL: Revised Defense Ministry law raises concerns about...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews the troops at the Air Self-Defense Force’s Hyakuri air base in Ibaraki Prefecture in October 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Diet, which is now considering new national security legislation, has passed a revision to the law governing the operations of the Defense Ministry.
Military officers given greater influence in Defense Ministry
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani responds to questions in the Diet. (Wataru Sekita)
Military officers are to be put on an equal footing with bureaucrats in providing advice to the defense minister.
High school students hold spirited mock Diet session on national...
A student portraying a member of the opposition parties questions the national security bills in a mock Diet session in the Japan Studies class at the American School in Japan in Tokyo's Chofu on June 1. (Midori Iki)
As discussions are occurring in the Diet on national security legislation, high school students held a heated mock session of their own on the same topic in their classroom in...
Philippines wants defense pact for Japanese troops
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III speaks during a news conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on June 5. (AP Photo)
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said June 5 he wants to start talks to allow Japanese troops into his Southeast Asian country, as both nations try to build up their...
Japan, South Korea defense chiefs meet for first time in 4 years
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, left, and his South Korean counterpart Han Min-koo at their meeting in Singapore on May 30 (Toru Higashioka)
SINGAPORE--The defense chiefs of Japan and South Korea agreed on the need to repair bilateral relations in their first meeting in four years, but a summit between the two...
Japanese Communist Party concerned SDF could follow same path as...
Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a May 28 Lower House special committee session (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
The Japanese Communist Party steered debate on national security legislation before the Diet by citing the example of Germany, a nation that has followed a similar postwar...
Abe apologizes for his rude outburst in debate
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heckles Kiyomi Tsujimoto of the Democratic Party of Japan by angrily saying, "Ask the question already!" in a Diet debate on national security legislation on May 28. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized for being rude in a debate in the Diet on May 28.
VOX POPULI: For some troops, the battle intensifies when they...
Ground Self-Defense Force members arrive in Samawah, Iraq, in March 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society,” Dave Grossman, a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army, cites a work by an official...
Abe 'in general' allowing more exceptions for collective...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to questions about national security legislation at a Lower House special committee session on May 27. (Shinichi Iizuka)
When stressing the limits on overseas deployment of the Self-Defense Forces, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe frequently uses the term “in general,” creating more exceptions to...
EDITORIAL: Abe should talk about risks that security legislation...
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a Lower House session on May 26 (The Asahi Shimbun)
During the Diet deliberations on new security legislation proposed by the Abe administration, opposition lawmakers asked whether it will increase the security risk to...
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.