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 ...

Jun 10, 2014

LDP seeks defense deal by Friday

Unless the ruling coalition strikes a deal this week, Cabinet will be unable to approve the use of collective self-defense during the current Diet session, a senior Liberal Democratic Party minister says.

Ishihara to leave Ishin, form right-wing party

May 29, 2014

Ishihara to leave Ishin, form right-wing party

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Shintaro Ishihara said Thursday that he will soon launch a party “more conservative” than the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, allowing torn Nippon Ishin to merge, as planned, with a center-left party and perhaps trigger a sweeping ...

May 28, 2014

Abe continues Diet push on collective self-defense

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his case again Wednesday for enabling Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, amid discussions between the Liberal Democratic Party and junior coalition partner New Komeito on security scenarios that would require Japan to defend the U.S. and ...

Ruling bloc spars over defense shift

May 27, 2014

Ruling bloc spars over defense shift

The Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito are in the midst of wading through a number of thorny scenarios relating to national defense, including one that has sparked outrage from the coalition’s junior partner.