collective self-defense

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.
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.”