collective self-defense

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.
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...