right to collective self-defense

Demonstrators, Nobel-winning writer rally to protect pacifist...
Thousands gather on April 8 at Tokyo’s Hibiya Park at a rally to protest the government’s efforts to change the interpretation of the nation's pacifist Constitution. (Sayuri Ide)
Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital April 8 to protest the Abe administration’s push to reinterpret the nation’s pacifist Constitution, which would allow...
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: Abe's unacceptable rush toward collective self-defense
Ground Self-Defense Force members stand guard near Samawah, Iraq, in March 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
What is Japan’s right to collective self-defense?
EDITORIAL: Abe displays ignorance of the concept of...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a Lower House Budget Committee session on Feb. 17 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent remarks during Diet deliberations on the issue of Japan’s right to collective self-defense have raised further doubts about his...
EDITORIAL: DPJ must regain credibility as serious challenger to Abe
DPJ President Banri Kaieda, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speak at a Lower House budget committee session on Feb. 10. (Asahi Shimbun photos)
The air was thick with a sense of wariness, not a fighting spirit nor a sense of urgency, at the Democratic Party of Japan’s Feb. 9 convention in Fukushima Prefecture, the...
South Korea: Tokyo needs Seoul's OK for collective self-defense...
Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. military troops kick off a joint drill at the GSDF Aibano training site in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, on Oct. 8. (Yasuhiro Narita)
SEOUL--Japan must obtain Seoul’s consent to exercise the right to collective self-defense in an emergency on the Korean Peninsula, a South Korean government official said.
EDITORIAL: National security draft chips away Japan's...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to Katsuya Okada of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan during the Lower House Budget Committee meeting on Oct. 22. (The Asahi Shimbun)
“Pacifism” is not a word we would use to describe Japan’s first national security strategy (NSS) drafted by the Shinzo Abe administration.
EDITORIAL: Japan needs multifaceted perspective in security ties...
From left, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at the prime minister's office on Oct. 3 (Shogo Koshida)
The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and the United States agreed to revise bilateral defense cooperation guidelines by the end of next year in their “two-plus-two”...
EDITORIAL: Abe playing with fire by reinterpreting pacifist...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe receives a report from Shunji Yanai, president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and who heads the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security, at the prime minister's office in Tokyo in February.  (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan’s national security policy faces a major turning point, with the Abe administration set to start full-fledged debate on a proposal to change the government’s...
Cabinet Legislation Bureau chief: Changing constitutional...
Ichiro Komatsu, the director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, responds to questions from The Asahi Shimbun on Aug. 26. (Hiroki Endo)
The new director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau said any change in constitutional interpretation surrounding the exercise of the right of collective self-defense...
ASAHI POLL: 59% against moves to allow right to collective...
The Asahi Shimbun
Fifty-nine percent of voters do not support moves by the Abe administration to change the current interpretation of the Constitution to allow Japan to exercise its right of...
VOX POPULI: An underhanded plot to change Constitution's...
Ichiro Komatsu, ambassador to France, will head the Cabinet Legislation Bureau. (Provided by the Foreign Ministry)
“Hohi” is a Japanese word that we rarely use in everyday life. The first part of the word “ho” means law. According to the Japanese dictionary Kojien, the second part...
Abe to soon restart debate on right to collective self-defense
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to reporters at the LDP headquarters on July 22. (Teruo Kashiyama)
With a clear road ahead to push his pet policies, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he plans to resume discussions on lifting a ban on the right to collective self-defense as...
CRUCIAL VOTE: Abe banks on landslide win to strengthen U.S. ties,...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama wrap up their summit in Washington in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Although reluctant to say so publicly, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to take care of some national security business left unfinished due to his abrupt resignation during...
Asahi poll: 54% against making constitutional revisions easier
The Asahi Shimbun
Despite strong public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his Liberal Democratic Party faces stiff voter opposition on its proposed changes to the Constitution.
EDITORIAL: Long overdue, Japan must examine its support of the...
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi answers questions from reporters about the government's decision to support the U.S.-led war in Iraq on March 22, 2003. (Pool)
The Iraq war started on March 20 exactly 10 years ago.
Abe: I'll discuss right to collective self-defense with Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said strengthening ties with the United States is a "priority," and he wants to discuss at an early date easing a constitutional restriction on...
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