collective self-defense

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...
China's Xi invites S. Korea joint effort on Japan's wartime past
Chinese President Xi Jinping smiles during a meeting with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa at the National Assembly in Seoul on July 4. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--China and South Korea have a common interest in ensuring Tokyo is held to account for its wartime past, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on July 4, amid their shared...
INTERVIEW/ Akira Iriye: Transcending the logic of power
Akira Iriye (Photo by Mari Sakamoto)
The Abe administration focused on the logic of “power,” as in state and military strength, as the Cabinet on July 1 approved the reinterpretation of the Constitution to...
INTERVIEW/ Daniel Russel: U.S. hopes China will agree to Japan’s ...
Daniel Russel (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
The top Asia policymaker in the Obama administration said he believes that the watchword for territorial disputes in East Asia should be “restraint.”
INTERVIEW/ Taichiro Mitani: Japan must learn from history of its...
Taichiro Mitani (Photo by Motooki Hayasaka)
Speaking on the exercise of the right to collective self-defense that the Abe administration is pushing, an expert on the political and diplomatic history of Japan worries if...
Man sets himself on fire in Japan after defense protest speech
A man in Japan set himself on fire at a busy intersection in Tokyo on June 29 in an apparent protest against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans to ease limits of the country's...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Local New Komeito officials oppose...
Citizens rally in protest of the government’s move to allow the exercise of collective self-defense in front of the office of New Komeito’s prefectural chapter in Nagoya’s Chikusa Ward on June 28. (Gento Shibui)
On the eve of a historic change in allowing the nation's exercise of the right to collective self-defense, local officials of New Komeito, a junior partner of the ruling...
EDITORIAL: Abe’s defense policy initiative represents gross...
Protesters rally in front of the prime minister's office in Tokyo on June 27 over the Abe administration’s drive to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. (Tatsuya Shimada)
In a nutshell, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security policy initiative for collective self-defense means allowing Japan to do something that successive governments have said...
VOX POPULI: Exercising the right to collective self-defense...
Natsuo Yamaguchi, left, leader of New Komeito, junior partner of the ruling coalition, attends a party meeting on the government proposal to exercise Japan’s right to collective self-defense in Tokyo on June 25. (Shogo Koshida)
I have never read anything more unintelligible than the ruling coalition’s draft document concerning Japan’s exercise of its right to collective self-defense.
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Thousands rally across Japan over move...
Protesters hold up anti-war signs during a rally at the Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on June 17. (Shigetaka Kodama)
Protesters held rallies in major cities June 17 against the Abe administration’s efforts to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense through a...
VOX POPULI: Upper House resolution warns Abe to be careful with...
Hiroyuki Konishi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Some events deserve far more attention than they get.
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Abe tells ruling coalition to consider SDF...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eats curry and rice prepared with locally grown beef in Hoki, Tottori Prefecture, on June 14. He was visiting the town on an inspection tour. (Shohei Sasagawa)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe advised the ruling coalition to discuss allowing minesweeping missions by Japanese ships in the Middle East under permissible collective self-defense...
A-bomb, war survivors demand Nagasaki convey concerns over...
Doves are released into the sky after the reading of the Nagasaki Peace Declaration during the ceremony to mark the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki at Nagasaki Peace Park on Aug. 9, 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAGASAKI--Atomic bomb survivors are stepping up their demand that the Nagasaki mayor's annual peace declaration, to be delivered on Aug. 9, should include concerns over a major ...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Even New Komeito considers contradictory...
New Komeito vice chief Kazuo Kitagawa, center, and LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba, right, attend a coalition meeting on national security on June 13. (Shogo Koshida)
Under pressure from its coalition partner, New Komeito is considering giving its consent for Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense but only in limited...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT/ Masahiro Sakata: Arguments for collective...
Masahiro Sakata, a former director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A former head of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau described as flawed the Abe administration’s arguments for changing the government interpretation of the Constitution in order ...