right to collective self-defense

Minesweeping exercise held off Iwojima island
A bomb attached to a mine explodes in a Maritime Self-Defense Force training exercise held off Iwojima in Tokyo’s Ogasawara archipelago on June 24. (Yusuke Fukui)
The Maritime Self-Defense Force conducted a minesweeping exercise June 24 off Iwojima island in Tokyo’s Ogasawara archipelago.
EDITORIAL: Scrap Abe's security bills to end the confusion,...
A sit-in to protest security legislation is held in front of the Diet building in central Tokyo on June 15. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
It is simply extraordinary that the legitimacy of legislation before the Diet has been questioned to such an extent.
VOX POPULI: Abe twists the Constitution to fit a hole of his own...
Yusuke Yokobatake, director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, answers questions June 10 from an opposition lawmaker during a Lower House special committee on national security legislation. (Rei Kishitsu)
"It won't get any larger than the size it is now, but it could shrink to the size it was before," may be one way to paraphrase the Shinzo Abe administration's answer to a...
Abe administration on security bills: Constitutional law scholars...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Yasuo Hasebe, professor of constitutional law at Waseda University, have different views on the constitutionality of security legislation. (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
The government on June 9 rejected the conclusion of three constitutional scholars that security legislation allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense is...
Abe stresses 'peace and safety' in security legislation
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explains the “peace and safety legislation” at a news conference in Tokyo on May 14. (Hikaru Uchida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emphasized that Cabinet-approved security legislation is intended to protect Japan and will not lead the nation to become embroiled in a war led by...
EDITORIAL: Abe tries to pull the wool over our eyes with security...
Kazuo Kitagawa, center, deputy head of Komeito, talks in a ruling parties’ meeting on current security legislation. Discussions on the proposed new laws resumed in Tokyo on April 14. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Security legislation of historic magnitude proposed by the Abe administration is the focus of the current Diet session. Once passed, it would fundamentally change the path...
EDITORIAL: Under legal revision, what exactly are 'situations...
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)
Based on the Cabinet decision last summer to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, the government is considering revising the 2003 Law on Armed Attack...
EDITORIAL: Strong power base no excuse for Abe to behave arrogantly
Shinzo Abe attends a Lower House plenary session on Dec. 24, in which he was re-elected as prime minister. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s third Cabinet was inaugurated on Dec. 24. Abe replaced Akinori Eto, who is embroiled in a political funds scandal, as defense minister, but...
VOX POPULI: Abe must heed voices of the ‘silent majority’
Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi addresses a plenary session of the Lower House on June 25, 1959. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi (1896-1987), dubbed "Showa no Yokai" (Monster of Showa Era), was of the belief that there should be no change of prime ministers for at least four ...
South Koreans start movement to nominate Article 9 for Nobel Peace ...
Former South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hong-koo (OP Shashin Tsushinsha)
SEOUL--In a bid to counter Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for constitutional revisions, a group of South Korean intellectuals started a campaign to nominate war-renouncing...
EDITORIAL: Questioning Abe's changes to national security policy
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explains the Cabinet's decision to allow Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense during a news conference on July 1. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Since assuming office two years ago, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pushing a drastic change of course for Japan that practically uproots the nation’s post-World War II...
ASAHI POLL: Even those opposed to Abe's key policies likely vote...
Demonstrators oppose the promotion of nuclear power plants in front of the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Nov. 21. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Despite their continued opposition to the policies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, many voters still intend to vote for his Liberal Democratic Party in the Dec. 14 Lower House...
Abe: Further interpretation change not possible on collective...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to questions in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said a further change in the government’s constitutional interpretation regarding collective self-defense would be impossible and that an actual...
EDITORIAL: LDP should present road map for policy agenda
Policy chief Tomomi Inada announces the campaign platform for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Nov. 25. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
In its campaign platform for the Dec. 14 Lower House election, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party pledges to realize both economic regeneration and fiscal rehabilitation. The...
EDITORIAL: Komeito should explain its role in ruling coalition to...
Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 21 in Tokyo's Minato Ward (Naoko Kawamura)
Komeito, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s junior coalition partner, is set to join hands with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to face the Lower House election next month.
VOX POPULI: Peacetime role of Article 9 cannot be overstated
Protesters display anti-war signs during a rally in Tokyo's Hibiya district on Oct. 8. (Sayaka Yamaguchi)
At a rally in Tokyo's Hibiya district on Oct. 8, sociologist Chizuko Ueno recited a parody of the well-known tanka poem "Sarada Kinenbi" by Machi Tawara.
ASAHI POLL: 59% oppose planned restart of Kyushu reactors
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nearly 60 percent of citizens are opposed to the planned restart of reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, the first such restart under tougher...
EDITORIAL: Diet deliberations highlight Abe's inept thinking
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a session of the Upper House Budget Committee on July 15 (The Asahi Shimbun)
No matter how hard Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tries to reassure the public that he has their best interests at heart, he cannot cover up the inconsistency between his words and...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Abe offers 1st explanation in Diet, but many ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question from an opposition lawmaker during a session of the Lower House Budget Committee on July 14. (Shogo Koshida)
Groans filled the public gallery in the Diet as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took the floor on July 14 to give his first explanation to politicians about his Cabinet's decision to ...
INSIGHT: Shiga election delivers setback for Abe government
Taizo Mikazuki, center, celebrates his victory in the Shiga gubernatorial election with the outgoing governor, Yukiko Kada, left, in Otsu on July 13. (Eijiro Morii)
OTSU--Anti-nuclear candidate Taizo Mikazuki won the Shiga gubernatorial election on July 13, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the first major vote since his...