collective self-defense

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...
Nagasaki mayor to touch on national security concerns in Aug. 9...
Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue delivers the Nagasaki Peace Declaration on Aug. 9, 2013 at the city's Peace Park. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue will raise concerns about the Abe Cabinet changing the government's constitutional interpretation to allow for the exercise of the right to...
VOX POPULI: Memorable quotes from July
A fan with Akiko Yosano’s handwritten poem (Kentaro Isomura)
Japan has veered sharply from its long-held course of pacifism and is headed in a very wrong direction. Below are some comments quoted in July by people who lived through World ...
The implications of Japanese collective self-defense on Korean...
Dennis Blair, left, and Cho Sei-young (Photos by Takashi Watanabe and Atsushi Hiroshima)
A military conflict on the Korean Peninsula was one scenario envisioned by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet when it decided to allow Japan to exercise the right to...
MSDF, U.S. Navy carry out joint exercise to lay, sweep for mines
Ships from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy line up in Mutsu Bay, Aomori Prefecture, for a joint minesweeping exercise on July 24. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
MUTSU, Aomori Prefecture--With the Cabinet giving approval to the Self-Defense Forces participating in overseas military operations, Japanese and U.S. forces are conducting...
Scholars say Cabinet decision opens, not ends, debate on...
The Asahi Shimbun
Criticism continues over the decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on July 1 to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist Constitution to lift the country’s self-imposed ban ...
VOX POPULI: When it rains, it pours; Abe should take note of Shiga ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presides at the Cabinet meeting on July 1 in which his Cabinet approved Japan exercising the right to collective self-defense after decades of the governments’ refusal under the pacifist Constitution. (Shogo Koshida)
The Japanese expression “watakushi ame” denotes strictly localized showers. They typically occur on mountains when it is sunny at the foot of the mountain. According to a...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Abe's proactive pacifism an exercise in...
An Indian Navy corvette, foreground, joins ships from the Maritime Self-Defense Force for the first bilateral training exercise in Sagami Bay in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's strategy of "proactive pacifism" is starting to take shape with recent changes made to long-standing national security policy.
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: U.S. defense chief hails 'historic' move by...
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomes Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera during an honor cordon at the Pentagon July 11.   (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on July 11 hailed as "historic" a Japanese government decision to loosen restrictions on its military.
Anti-war poem written 7 years ago goes viral with timeless message
Setsuko Miyao, whose poem about war has won a great following on the Internet (Maiko Itagaki)
A poem scribbled seven years ago and tucked away in a drawer that captures a woman's frustration with society's numbness to life has re-emerged to strike a responsive chord on...