collective self-defense

Abe panel considers move that could pave way for SDF to use force...
Ground Self-Defense Forces personnel were deployed in Samawah, Iraq, from 2003 to 2006 as part of Japan's humanitarian and reconstruction assistance. The dispatch caused a huge controversy because of the country's pacifist Constitution amid pressure on Japan to play a role commensurate with its international standing. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A government panel is considering allowing the Self-Defense Forces to not only provide support to multinational forces anywhere in the world, but also to the use of force if...
Asahi poll: 63% oppose Abe's attempt to lift ban on collective...
The Asahi Shimbun
More than 60 percent of voters oppose the Abe administration’s plan to lift the nation’s self-imposed ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense, according to...
EDITORIAL: LDP twisting Supreme Court ruling to push collective...
Lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party discuss security issues in their meeting held in the party’s headquarters in Tokyo on March 31. Seen at right in the background is LDP Vice President Masahiko Komura. (Shogo Koshida)
The ruling camp, resorting to twisted logic and a far-fetched argument, is flirting with the idea of using a landmark 1959 Supreme Court ruling to promote its controversial...
ANALYSIS: Desire to assist U.S. military not based on real-world...
The MSDF Aegis destroyer Kirishima launches a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptor during a test launch in waters near Hawaii. (Provided by the MSDF)
On a real-world level, the push by the Abe administration to allow for the exercise of the right of collective self-defense is based more on emotions than logic.
New Komeito executive: Right to individual self-defense all that...
New Komeito Secretary-General Yoshihisa Inoue (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A junior coalition partner senior official is urging caution toward the government's push to be allowed to assist an ally under attack, saying the nation's right to individual...
Japan to limit collective self-defense to its territory, high seas
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan plans to exercise the right to collective self-defense only in its territory and on the high seas, but it will refrain from specifying these restrictions in a Cabinet...
Thousands brave rain to protest Abe's plan to reinterpret...
A speaker opposed to changing the interpretation of the Constitution to allow the exercise of the right of collective self-defense addresses protesters at a rally in Tokyo's Hibiya Park on March 20. (Satoru Ogawa)
An estimated 4,000 demonstrators turned out on a cold, rainy night in Tokyo's Hibiya Park on March 20 to protest the Abe administration's efforts to change the interpretation...
LDP members criticize collective self-defense drive; Abe presses on
Seiko Noda, chairwoman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s General Council, second from left, opens discussions on allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense on March 17 in Tokyo. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe largely dismissed calls from many ruling party lawmakers to take a more cautious approach in his quest to allow Japan to exercise the right to...
Justice minister cautions Abe over collective self-defense plan
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has the ear of Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki in the Lower House in March 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki has joined the chorus of ruling coalition officials urging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to exercise caution over lifting Japan’s self-imposed...
Scholars, writers form group to challenge reinterpretation of...
Writer Makoto Sataka, one of the founding members of the "1,000-member committee to prevent Japan from entering war," speaks at a March 4 news conference in Tokyo. (Satoru Ogawa)
Prominent scholars, writers and others have banded together to oppose moves that would allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense through a reinterpretation...
INSIGHT: The deep roots of Abe's drive for collective self-defense
The U.S. Navy's Landing Craft Air Cushion carrying Japanese GSDF vehicles and mortars lands off the coast of California in a joint training exercise on Feb. 19. (The Asahi Shimbun)
A frustrated Japanese academic and a former diplomat decided to distribute a book to politicians to bolster Japan’s security policy and end the nation’s sense of...
INSIGHT: Abe to reshuffle Cabinet to strengthen base for security...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledges passage of the fiscal 2014 budget in the Lower House on Feb. 28. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to reshuffle his Cabinet and ruling party executive posts as early as in summer to strengthen his hand in drastically changing Japan’s...
Veteran politician Kono chides younger lawmakers
Yohei Kono (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Long-time political dove Yohei Kono said it has never been more important than now for Japanese lawmakers to listen to the experiences of their elders.
Abe panel seeking wider weapons use for SDF peacekeepers
Shinichi Kitaoka speaks in an interview Feb. 24. (Motooki Hayasaka)
An advisory panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose another change in the interpretation of the Constitution that will allow Japanese peacekeepers to use force in a...
Abe panel defines conditions to exercise right of collective...
Shinichi Kitaoka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An advisory panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid out five conditions that would be established in deciding whether Japan can exercise its right of collective self-defense.
Abe's zeal on collective self-defense puzzles even LDP members
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question from Katsuya Okada of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan during a Lower House Budget Committee session on Feb. 20. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is so eager to lift Japan’s ban on exercising the right of collective self-defense that he appears unwilling to wait for his panel’s opinions on...
EDITORIAL: Abe’s optimistic policy speech failed to address key...
Prime Minster Shinzo Abe delivers his policy speech to the Lower House on Jan. 24. (Satoru Semba)
This year's regular Diet session was convened Jan. 24. This is the second regular session since Shinzo Abe became prime minister for the second time in December 2012.
ANALYSIS: Abe stresses economy, worries expressed at LDP convention
LDP President Shinzo Abe and other party executives give three "banzai" cheers at the party's convention held in Tokyo on Jan. 19. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
The Liberal Democratic Party’s convention was filled with praise for the prime minister’s economic policies, but challenges were raised that members say threaten the power...
Komeito chief sees no need to reinterpret pacifist Constitution
New Komeito head Natsuo Yamaguchi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
New Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi questioned the need for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's desire to change the government's long-standing interpretation of the pacifist...
With security strategy confirmed, Abe looks toward collective...
The Asahi Shimbun
Having cleared some unfinished business from his previous leadership run, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set his sights on a dramatic policy change that he suggested was needed for...