right to collective self-defense

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...
Annual SDF ceremony in Seoul forced to change venue
Members of citizens groups hold a public protest near the Japanese ambassador’s official residence in Seoul on July 11. (Akihiko Kaise)
SEOUL--A ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces was held at the Japanese ambassador’s residence here July 11 after a...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: S. Korean lawmakers slam Japan's shift in...
South Korean citizens rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on July 1 to protest the Abe administration’s move to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. (Akihiko Kaise)
SEOUL--South Korean lawmakers adopted a resolution denouncing the Abe Cabinet’s decision to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist Constitution to allow it to exercise the right to...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Pacifism key to improving Japan's relations...
Gui Yongtao, an associate professor of international relations at Peking University's School of International Studies (Nozomu Hayashi)
The recent decision by the Abe Cabinet to change the government interpretation of the Constitution to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense has...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Former top LDP official lambasts Abe's move...
Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Hiromu Nonaka criticizes the Abe Cabinet in a meeting in Nagoya’s Nishi Ward on July 6. (Hwang Chul)
NAGOYA--A former secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party blasted the Abe Cabinet for approving a constitutional reinterpretation to allow Japan to exercise the ...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Survey finds majority of public opposed to...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference on July 1 after the Cabinet approved a document that changes the government's interpretation of the Constitution. (Shogo Koshida)
Only days after a dramatic shift in the nation's defense policy, the number of people who do not support the newly agreed-upon exercise of the right to collective self-defense...
VOX POPULI: Abe conjures up neat trick on pursuit of happiness
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference on July 1 after the Cabinet approved a document that changes the government's interpretation of the Constitution. (The Asahi Shimbun)
To my knowledge, the United States does not celebrate Independence Day with stiff, pompous ceremonies. For the American people, the Fourth of July holiday seems to be a day for ...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Scholars blast constitutional...
Hosei University professor Jiro Yamaguchi, left, and other representatives of “Save Constitutional Democracy Japan 2014” hold a news conference in Tokyo on July 4. (Izumi Sakurai)
In harshly denouncing the government’s approval of the constitutional reinterpretation to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, a group of prominent...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT/ COMMENTARY: Can Japan say 'No' to the United ...
Ground Self-Defense Force members on patrol near Samawah, Iraq, in 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Washington, quick to embrace the Abe administration's shift in defense policy, appears to expect that Japanese soldiers will fight alongside U.S. troops in future military...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT/ COMMENTARY: Japan must not become a military ...
Protesters in front of the prime minister's office on July 1 shout their opposition to the Abe Cabinet's move to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense. (Hikaru Uchida)
July 1 will be remembered as the darkest day in the history of Japan's constitutionalism because of the Abe Cabinet's approval to change the government interpretation of the...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT/ INSIGHT: Diplomacy takes a back seat to...
Members of a citizens group and others rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on July 1 to protest Japan's move to lift its ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense. (Akihiko Kaise)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s emphasis on deterrence in allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense underscores his administration’s lack of an effective...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Dismayed Afghan activist asks, 'You too,...
Khaled Reshad, an Afghan physician living in Shizuoka Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SHIMADA, Shizuoka Prefecture--A prominent Afghan activist living here condemned the Abe administration's shift in defense policy, saying it could undermine his war-torn...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT/ COMMENTARY: Soka Gakkai lacked leader to...
Hiromi Shimada (Photo by Yasunori Sakamoto)
Political observers are trying to determine why New Komeito abandoned its pacifist ideals by accepting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to allow Japan to exercise the right...
EDITORIAL: Japan's democracy to be put to the test
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a news conference on July 1 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Democracy took root in Japan nearly 70 years ago after the country's defeat in World War II. Who would have thought someone could overturn it so easily? But Prime Minister...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Cabinet opens door for SDF to use force...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference on July 1 after the Cabinet approved a document that changes the government's interpretation of the Constitution. (Shogo Koshida)
Despite huge protests around the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on July 1 approved changes to Japan’s postwar security policy that could lead to the...
UPDATE: U.S. welcomes shift in Japan's defense posture; China, S....
A soldier stands on guard on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning sailing on the East China Sea on Nov. 26, 2013. (AP photo)
China said on July 1 that Japan should respect the concerns of regional countries, as Tokyo ended a ban that has kept its military from fighting abroad since World War II.
GSDF joins U.S. Marines for first time in RIMPAC joint amphibious...
Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel in rubber rafts conduct amphibious landings in a joint drill with U.S. Marine Corps forces off Oahu Island on June 30. (Takaharu Yagi)
KANEOHE, Hawaii--On the eve of a landmark policy shift that could see Japan's Self-Defense Forces utilized more overseas, Ground SDF personnel, armed with mock rifles, were...
EDITORIAL: Prime Minister Abe’s ‘theater of the absurd’
Demonstrators protest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's initiative to allow Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense in Fukuoka's Tenjin district on June 30. (The Asahi Shimbun)
“The Bald Soprano” is a theater-of-the-absurd comedy by Eugene Ionesco (1909-1994) about the vacuity of language in which words all but lose their ability to convey...