collective self-defense

Pope cites Fukushima nuclear crisis as a modern-day Tower of Babel
Pope Francis talks to reporters on Dec. 1 on a flight after visiting Turkey. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ROME--Pope Francis warned against the dangers of arrogance in comparing the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant crisis to the biblical Tower of Babel, in a talk held with...
COMMENTARY: With expanded global role, a bigger risk for SDF abroad
The Asahi Shimbun
In the 61 years they have been in existence, the Self-Defense Forces have operated based on an exclusively defense-oriented policy.
EDITORIAL: Global deployment vision for SDF mars Japan's hard-won...
Masahiko Komura, right, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and Kazuo Kitagawa, his counterpart in junior coalition partner Komeito, led discussions on new national security legislation. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner Komeito formally worded the basic principles of new national security legislation that would fundamentally...
Ruling coalition agrees on 'direction' for national security...
Masahiko Komura, right, vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party, addresses a meeting of ruling coalition members on the framework for national security legislation. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling coalition parties have cleared one of the many hurdles toward adopting a bolder security policy that would expand Self-Defense Forces’ missions abroad and allow...
ASAHI POLL: Majority of voters against Abe's plan to expand...
Ground Self-Defense Force troops conduct a drill to rescue Japanese nationals at U-Tapao naval base in Thailand in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 50 percent of voters oppose moves by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces overseas, an Asahi Shimbun survey shows.
EDITORIAL: Abe's case for SDF mine-clearing missions in key oil...
Crew members of a Maritime Self-Defense minesweeper prepare a mine disposal unit to descend into the waters off Bahrain in the Persian Gulf during a multinational drill last November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Self-Defense Forces can be deployed to carry out minesweeping operations in the Strait of Hormuz even though a cease-fire has yet to be reached...
EDITORIAL: Opposition must push Diet debate in postwar landmark...
Katsuya Okada, president of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, right, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a Lower House session on Feb. 16 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ongoing debate in the Diet inevitably turns our attention to the significance of Japan’s 70 post-World War II years.
Abe seeks to allow SDF minesweeping in Strait of Hormuz, citing...
A Japanese tanker sails through the Strait of Hormuz. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his intention to overcome legal hurdles to allow minesweeping operations by Self-Defense Forces in the Strait of Hormuz, saying a...
EDITORIAL: Ruling parties should not ramrod through unreasonable...
Masahiko Komura, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, addresses members of his party and junior coalition partner Komeito at the beginning of a meeting on the overhaul of a package of legislation on security on Feb. 13. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, its junior coalition partner, have opened talks on national security legislation this month, the focus of the current Diet...
Textbook publishers toe official line on defense issue, but offer...
Junior high school civics textbooks (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Textbook publishers made cosmetic changes to junior and senior high school textbooks to note a landmark shift in Japan's defense policy without mentioning why it occurred or...
Komeito opposes plan to expand SDF protection beyond U.S. military
Ground Self-Defense Force helicopters land at Camp Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture during a drill in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Junior coalition partner Komeito criticized the Abe government ahead of national security talks, saying its proposed role for the Self-Defense Forces exceeds the limit...
Abe to resume debate on expanding national security laws mindful...
Ground Self-Defense Force members carry mortar shells from a transport helicopter during a Japan-U.S. joint drill in Yamato, Kumamoto Prefecture, on Dec. 7. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With the Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State in mind, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be seeking to bolster the capabilities of the Self-Defense Forces to come to...
Japan eyes legal revision to respond to attacks on allies that...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a news conference to announce his decision to approve the exercise of Japan’s right to collective self-defense on July 1, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government is considering revising legislation on dealing with armed attacks that would allow the nation to respond militarily when an attack on another nation...
Southern All Stars' 'Kohaku' performance delights left, angers...
Keisuke Kuwata of the Southern All Stars (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Some music listeners offered praise while others expressed outrage over what they felt was a politically charged song performed by a rock legend protesting the rightward stance ...
Abe replaces scandal-hit defense minister, retains all other...
Shinzo Abe acknowledges Lower House members after they re-elected him prime minister on Dec. 24. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Easily re-elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named Gen Nakatani to replace scandal-tainted Akinori Eto as defense minister, the only change in the Cabinet following the ruling...
Abe, Keidanren agree to seek salary increases to further push...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a request for salary increases during a meeting with representatives of business and labor on Dec. 16. (Shogo Koshida)
Fresh off his election victory, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and representatives of the business world signed an agreement Dec. 16 to make efforts to raise salaries next year.
POINT OF VIEW/ Satoshi Kamata: Abe reveals true intentions after...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to a meeting of executives of his Liberal Democratic Party on Dec. 15, one day after the LDP scored a decisive victory in the Lower House election. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A disturbingly low 52.66 percent of eligible voters turned out in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, the worst figure in the postwar period. It means that only about one in two...
EDITORIAL: Wartime minesweeping in Middle East still unacceptable
A Japanese tanker sails through the Strait of Hormuz. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
We wonder if the Cabinet decision in July to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense has opened the door to the Self-Defense Forces conducting minesweeping ...
2014 CHOICE: Official campaign kicks off with fewer candidates
Voters gather to hear speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a port damaged by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 2. (Tatsuya Shimada)
The official campaign period started on Dec. 2 for the Lower House election that will pit the ruling coalition against an opposition bloc trying to overcome its image of...
EDITORIAL: Election win does not give Abe the right to freely...
The Liberal Democratic Party’s draft of proposed amendments to the Constitution (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Dec. 14 Lower House election, whose official campaign period starts on Dec. 2, has a special importance that sets it apart from past polls.