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Lawyers plan lawsuits, say security legislation violates right to...
Members of the “association for the lawsuit of the unconstitutionality of the security law” explain their planned legal action against security legislation during a news conference held at the No. 2 Lower House member hall in Tokyo on Dec. 21. (Keiko Sato)
A group of lawyers plans to file lawsuits across Japan, demanding a nullification of the Abe administration’s “unconstitutional” national security legislation and...
SEALDs activists form organization to advise political parties on...
ReDEMOS representative director Aki Okuda, center, talks about the new organization at a news conference held in the Upper House members’ hall in Tokyo on Dec. 14. (Wataru Sekita)
Core members of the Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy-s (SEALDs) set up an advisory organization for political parties on Dec. 14 to continue opposition against...
Bureau kept no records on discussing reinterpretation of...
Yusuke Yokobatake, director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, responds to questions in a Lower House special committee session in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Cabinet Legislation Bureau left behind no records of its discussions on the government’s reinterpretation of the pacifist Constitution that transformed Japan’s postwar...
Rikkyo University denies use of campus hall for anti-security...
University employees with the Association of Scholars Opposed to the Security-related Bills gather in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Sept. 20. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Tokyo university banned activists from holding a symposium on campus opposing the recently enacted security legislation because the subject matter was "not something purely...
19th becomes a date of revolt as anti-'war law' protesters gather...
Demonstrators gather in front of the National Diet Building in Tokyo on Oct. 19 in protest of the national security bills passed by the Upper House a month earlier. (Takuya Isayama)
Protesters returned to the front of the National Diet Building in Tokyo on Oct. 19 to voice their concerns about what they branded the government's contentious "war law."
Defense Ministry starts revising rules of engagement for new SDF...
A Ground Self-Defense Force member fires a recoilless rifle during a drill at the Higashi-Fuji training range in Shizuoka Prefecture on Aug. 20. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Defense Agency officials on Sept. 28 began revising the Self-Defense Forces’ rules of engagement covering weapons use and other actions to deal with a wider range of duties...
Article 9 approach remains a most precious reality
At its peril, most of the world is ignoring the intense Japanese debate that surrounds the passage by the Diet of national security legislation that fulfills Prime Minister...
Young, old join hands to protest security bills; Suga cites...
Tens of thousands of people pack a street in front of the Diet building in Tokyo to protest the security bills on Aug. 30. (Takeshi Iwashita)
Protesters in Tokyo’s largest demonstration against national security bills hailed the turnout as a victory for democracy, but government officials downplayed the movement,...
Atomic bomb survivors implore Abe to withdraw unpopular security...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, greets Sunao Tsuboi, the head of a Hiroshima group of hibakusha, after a meeting on Aug. 6. (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
HIROSHIMA--Survivors of the atomic bombing here pleaded with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to drop the new security legislation following a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of ...
Abe's special adviser under fire for remarks on Constitution,...
Yosuke Isozaki, special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in charge of national security (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe administration found itself battling a politically damaging brush fire of its own making even before deliberations began July 27 in the Upper House on contentious...
In some ways, history regarding national security does repeat...
Fifty-five years ago, in the summer of 1960, Japan experienced socio-political trauma.
Ruling parties to vote on security bills July 15
Citizens express their opposition to proposed security legislation in Kagoshima on July 12. (Yu Kamata)
Ignoring strident public opposition, the ruling parties intend to seek Lower House passage this week of a package of security bills that would significantly expand the overseas ...
ASAHI POLL: Constitutional scholars almost unanimous that security ...
The Asahi Shimbun
Constitutional experts are almost unanimous in their view that planned new security legislation is unconstitutional, according to a survey by The Asahi Shimbun.
Abe has chance to make history with statement marking 70th...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the United States at the end of April was a resounding success. One of the main outcomes of the five-day visit was the signing of the new ...
1.65 million signatures submitted to Diet to oppose security bills
Satoshi Kamata (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A citizens group submitted a petition with about 1.65 million signatures to both chambers of the Diet on June 29 to express opposition to security legislation now under...
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...
Critics find legislation bureau chief's 'blowfish' remark on...
Yusuke Yokobatake, director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, speaks during a Lower House special committee on June 19. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A key government bureaucrat defended the constitutionality of new national security legislation by likening it to a poisonous "fugu" blowfish that is made safe to eat after its ...
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...
Constitutional law scholars lash out at government criticism,...
Yasuo Hasebe, left, Waseda University professor, and Setsu Kobayashi, professor emeritus at Keio University, attend a news conference in Tokyo on June 15. (Tetsuro Takehana)
Two constitutional law scholars rebutted government arguments against their conclusion that security legislation before the Diet is unconstitutional, with one saying the Abe...
Constitutional scholars join in chorus of concerns over security...
Panelists participate in a discussion in a symposium held at the University of Tokyo on June 6. From right, Koji Sato, professor emeritus at Kyoto University, Yoichi Higuchi, professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, and Kenji Ishikawa, professor at the University of Tokyo. At left is the moderator, Atsushi Sugita, professor at Hosei University. (Ryuichi Kitano)
More constitutional scholars on June 6 added to growing academia concerns over the government’s hasty actions to enact security legislation that changes the long-held...