collective self-defense

EDITORIAL: Abe's responses to security questions smack of...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
What stood out in the first debates between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and opposition party heads in the current Diet session was Abe’s insincere replies that were designed to ...
EDITORIAL: The dangers of applying security legislation in South...
A large-scale facility is being set up by China on Gaven Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Provided by Philippine government sources)
Tensions are escalating in the South China Sea. China’s large-scale land reclamation project is progressing rapidly on the disputed Spratly Islands, and a 3,000-meter-class...
VOX POPULI: Lessons from history, principles of democracy should...
Yoichi Higuchi, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, center, and other members of a group opposing the security bills meet reporters in Tokyo on May 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Among the dates that Japanese must never forget is May 15. On this day in 1932, a group of young naval officers assassinated Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi in an attempted coup ...
For SDF members, security bills elicit calls of duty, raise fears...
Members of the Self-Defense Forces stand guard in Djibouti on Jan. 18. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Members of the Self-Defense Forces expressed mixed feelings about proposed legislation that is intended to significantly expand their missions overseas and could possibly put...
EDITORIAL: Diet must prevent Japan from passing the security point ...
Protesters walk through Tokyo's Ginza district on May 14 before the Abe Cabinet approved the national security legislation. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 14 formally approved a package of bills to pursue a radically new security policy. The bills were to be submitted to the Diet on ...
INSIGHT: Conditions for exercising right to collective...
Kazuo Kitagawa, left, deputy head of Komeito, and Masahiko Komura, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, meet with reporters after the two parties agreed to national security-related legislation on May 11. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A key bill that allows Japanese military forces to exercise the right to collective self-defense contains such vague wording that it is open to all sorts of interpretations.
EDITORIAL: A dangerous turning point for postwar Japan
Masahiko Komura, right, vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party, addresses a meeting of ruling coalition members on the national security legislation on May 11. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, reached a formal agreement during talks May 11 on proposed security legislation that would...
Security legislation set for Diet after getting green light from...
Members of the Ground Self-Defense Force enter their camp in Samawah, Iraq, in March 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Controversial security legislation that would mark a sweeping shift in Japan's defense policy, including allowing its Self-Defense Forces to assist an ally under attack, was...
ASAHI SURVEY: Opposition to changing Constitution remains higher...
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A new Asahi Shimbun survey confirms a trend of opposition to efforts by the Abe administration to tinker with the Constitution.
EDITORIAL: Revised Japan-U.S. defense guidelines a dangerous...
U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members participate in a joint drill on San Clemente Island off the California coast in June 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The guidelines for Japan-U.S. defense cooperation have been revised for the first time in 18 years.
Japan's defense cooperation with U.S. to expand to five areas,...
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo and Washington will expand the areas of defense cooperation from the current three to five under new guidelines that clearly mention Japan’s outlying islands.
EDITORIAL: Security legislation riddled with loopholes
A meeting of ruling coalition members on the national security legislation held on April 17 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, reached agreement April 21 on the last pending issue concerning the planned national security...
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...