collective self-defense

Scholars urge voters to examine Abe's non-economic policies in...
Yasuhiro Okudaira, co-representative of the “Save Constitutional Democracy Japan 2014” group of scholars and lawyers, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Nov. 26. (Izumi Sakurai)
With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeking a mandate on his Abenomics economic policies in the upcoming Lower House election, a group of prominent legal and political experts is...
Man likely committed self-immolation to protest Japan’s push to...
A man died in an apparent self-immolation at a Tokyo park on Nov. 11 while reportedly protesting the government’s landmark decision to lift the nation's self-imposed ban on...
Final report on new defense cooperation guidelines delayed until...
Ground Self-Defense Force members and U.S. Marines participate in a joint drill in Hawaii in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The final report on new guidelines for Japan-U.S. defense cooperation will not be ready by the end of 2014, the initial deadline, as domestic political concerns pushed it to...
Okazaki, conservative adviser to Abe, dies at 84
Hisahiko Okazaki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hisahiko Okazaki, a former diplomat, staunch conservative and close aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, died on Oct. 26. He was 84.
POINT OF VIEW/ Eiji Oguma: Japan should draw line between itself,...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Yasukuni Shrine in December 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan continues to face criticism in the United States over the issue of wartime “comfort women.”
Japan-U.S. defense cooperation to have global reach
Officials of Japan and the United States meet Oct. 8 at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo to approve the interim report on defense cooperation. (Jun Ueda)
Expanded Japan-U.S. defense cooperation on a global basis forms the core of an interim report on bilateral defense guidelines released Oct. 8 that was heavily colored by a...
VOX POPULI: Cabinet's review of top law criticized as 'hocus-pocus'
Scholars on a private panel opposing Japan’s exercise of its right to collective self-defense and a reinterpretation of the Constitution give a news conference to explain the purpose of its founding on May 28. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The “nue” is a legendary Japanese supernatural monster. It has the head of a monkey, the torso of a raccoon dog, the limbs of a tiger, the tail of a snake and the cry of a...
Japan’s SDF to assist U.S. military globally under new guidelines
Members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines hold a ceremony to kick off a joint drill at the Sekiyama training site in Niigata Prefecture on Feb. 25. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan and the United States will eliminate existing geographical constraints under their revised defense cooperation framework to enable the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to...
POINT OF VIEW/ David A. Welch: The dangerous false fear of...
David A. Welch (Provided by David A. Welch)
Japan’s neighbors reacted surprisingly hysterically to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent move to loosen restrictions on the Self-Defense Forces so that they could engage...
EDITORIAL: Reshuffle should lead to policymaking based on national ...
A man watches a broadcast news conference by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his Cabinet reshuffle at a discount electronics shop in Osaka’s Naniwa Ward on Sept. 3. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 3 reshuffled his Cabinet and replaced his Liberal Democratic Party executive lineup for the first time since the start of his second tenure...
COMMENTARY: Nagasaki A-bomb survivor's anger bursts out as Abe...
Miyako Jodai speaks at the peace memorial ceremony in Nagasaki on Aug. 9, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun photos)
NAGASAKI--When an atomic bomb survivor began reading her “pledge for peace” at the peace memorial ceremony here on Aug. 9, I immediately noticed a deviation from the text...
POINT OF VIEW/ Katsuto Uchihashi: In wartime, the vulnerable...
Katsuto Uchihashi (Photo by Takamitsu Aota)
They don’t know war, and they don’t know the fear of losing their lives, and yet they are intrepid. I am describing the “militarist boys without knowledge of war,” who...
Rock legend's war essay prophetic in post-quake Japan
The late rock singer Kiyoshiro Imawano (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An essay written more than a decade ago by iconic rock star Kiyoshiro Imawano (1951-2009) has been creating an online buzz for its poignant words that resonate in a post-3/11...
EDITORIAL: Japan needs meaningful language, not demagogic words,...
Visitors pray at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Aug. 15. (The Asahi Shimbun)
On the first Saturday of August, a demonstration was staged in Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s most vibrant shopping areas, where demonstrators repeatedly shouted, “Senso hantai” ...
INTERVIEW/ Hiromu Nonaka: War should not be repeated, collective...
Hiromu Nonaka, former chief Cabinet secretary, in Kyoto (Photo by Yoshinori Toyomane)
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 1 decided to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist Constitution to lift the country’s self-imposed ban on the right to exercise...
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...
POINT OF VIEW/ Toshihito Kayano: Japan must prepare for bursting...
Toshihito Kayano (Photo by Ken Aso)
When I observed the recent discussions over approving the exercise of the right to collective self-defense, I felt that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's view of "national power"...
Hibakusha groups tell Abe to withdraw Cabinet decision on...
Sunao Tsuboi, second from right in background, the head of the Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, speaks at a meeting on Aug. 6 in Hiroshima attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, far left in foreground. (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
HIROSHIMA--Representatives of organizations for atomic bomb survivors on Aug. 6 called on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to rescind a recent Cabinet decision to change the...
NAGASAKI PEACE SYMPOSIUM: Panelists urge Japan to break away from...
Panelists at the International Symposium for Peace in Nagasaki on Aug. 2: Gareth Evans, former Australian foreign minister, second from left; Mitsuru Kurosawa, professor emeritus of Osaka University; Fumiko Nishizaki, professor of the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Arts and Science; and Hiromichi Umebayashi, director of the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition at Nagasaki University. At far left is coordinator Fumihiko Yoshida, editorial writer of The Asahi Shimbun. (Hiroshi Matsubara)
NAGASAKI--As the only country victimized by atomic weapons, Japan should end its reliance on the U.S. nuclear umbrella for security, panelists said at the annual International...