Jun 30, 2014

Japan on verge of legalizing war as Komeito bends

Japan is set Tuesday to legalize waging war even when not under direct attack. It is a drastic departure from its postwar position that the war-renouncing Constitution prohibits exercising the right to collective self-defense. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet is set to approve a ...

Jun 26, 2014

Activists demand action on sexism

While the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party hope the furor over misogynist comments will swiftly blow over, others are continuing to press for a crackdown on discriminatory behavior in politics. On Thursday in Tokyo around 100 people participated in a ...

Jun 24, 2014

Abe offers concession on collective defense

The Abe administration gave some ground Tuesday to New Komeito in the ninth round of the coalition defense talks, offering tougher conditions before Japan would be allowed to exercise the long-prohibited right to collective self-defense. Debate between the ruling coalition partners has focused on ...

Jun 11, 2014

Abe bulldozes over DPJ in self-defense debate

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again underlined the necessity of reinterpreting the war-renouncing Constitution to allow Japan to engage in collective self-defense during a debate Wednesday, while the main opposition leader failed to capitalize on the opportunity to attack Abe and roll back his ...