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Baptism of noise as mountain villagers take to streets against...
Demonstrators opposing the security legislation pushed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe march in Achi, Nagano Prefecture, on July 17. (Provided by organizers of the protest)
ACHI, Nagano Prefecture--A village with a breathtaking vista of the Southern Japan Alps would seem like an unlikely venue for a noisy protest against unpopular security...
SDF should not patrol the South China Sea
Japan and the United States are trying to redefine their alliance. Put simply, under the deal, Japan would shoulder some of the roles the U.S. military has carried out around...
Yonaguni: From paradise island to military base
Stepping out from Yonaguni Airport’s tiny passenger terminal and turning right down its only access road toward the village of Kubura, one would probably expect a quiet walk...
China warns about Japan 'abandoning' defensive posture
Members of a citizens group protest changes in Japan's defense policy in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on July 1. (Akihiko Kaise)
Japan’s nearest neighbors expressed concerns about the role-expanding national security legislation passed by the Lower House on July 16, but the reaction was more positive...
Large caliber bullet fired during GSDF drill hits private home
The large caliber bullet fired during a Ground Self-Defense Force drill that hit a private home in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, on July 16 (Provided by the Shiga prefectural police)
TAKASHIMA, Shiga Prefecture--A bullet fired during a Ground Self-Defense Force drill traveled 3.5 kilometers, crashed through the roof of a private residence and landed in a...
SDF chief says South China Sea surveillance possible
A Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C patrol aircraft takes off from Palawan Island in the western Philippines on June 23 for a joint exercise with the Philippines military over the South China Sea. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Japan's top military commander, Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, said on July 16 he expected China to become increasingly assertive in the South China Sea, and it was...
SDF fighter jet scrambles down by half in April-June period
F-15 fighters head for the runway following a scramble order at the Air Self-Defense Force base in Naha on April 13. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's fighter jet scrambles in the April-June quarter fell by half to 173 times from a year earlier as Tokyo saw a sharp slide in the number of air maneuvers against Russian...
Japan, Australia move closer in defense cooperation through war...
Self-Defense Force members, in foreground, take part in the Talisman Saber exercise on July 11 along with U.S. and Australian troops. (Fusako Go)
Members of the Self-Defense Forces on July 11 joined for the first time a major biennial military exercise with the United States and Australia that symbolizes the growing...
Concerns raised in Okinawa hearing about security legislation
Lower House members at a local hearing on security legislation held in Naha on July 6 listen to, from right: Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine; Masahide Ota, a former Okinawa governor; Nanjo Mayor Keishun Koja; Tomokazu Takamine, former president of The Ryukyu Shimpo; and Ishigaki Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama. (Satoru Semba)
Opposition party-selected speakers demanded a retraction of the security bills now being deliberated in the Diet, while those picked by the ruling coalition expressed support...
Japan, Philippines converge on security cooperation to counter...
Philippines President Benigno Aquino made a four-day tour of Japan earlier last month, marking his sixth trip to the country over the past five years.
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...