Feb 28, 2014

Record budget clears Lower House

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gets his draft budget for fiscal 2014, worth a record ¥95.88 trillion, through the Lower House, giving him more time to focus on the contentious issue of collective self-defense.

Murayama raps Abe over sex slaves

Feb 27, 2014

Murayama raps Abe over sex slaves

Ex-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama blasts Shin­zo Abe for considering revising the 1993 Kono statement, the first official acknowledgment that the Imperial Japanese Army forced women into sexual servitude at wartime brothels.

Feb 26, 2014

Komeito hits Cabinet defense ploy

Differences between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito are surfacing over collective self-defense, in which conservative Prime Minister Shin­zo Abe aims to reverse a long-held pacifist principle by Cabinet decision only.

'Generation Resignation' youngsters defy stereotypes

Feb 20, 2014

'Generation Resignation' youngsters defy stereotypes

While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes the momentum of his economic policies raises the spirits of the Japanese people and buoys the stock market as well, decadeslong economic malaise has already crushed the hopes and dreams of many young people, who will be leading ...

Cabinet will decide defense role: Abe

Feb 20, 2014

Cabinet will decide defense role: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that Cabinet approval is enough to change the government’s interpretation of war-renouncing Article 9 and allow Japan to help defend allied nations. Previous administrations have followed the interpretation by the Cabinet Legislation Bureau that Japan cannot exercise the ...

NHK chief tells board 'comfort women' remarks no big deal

Feb 19, 2014

NHK chief tells board 'comfort women' remarks no big deal

The controversy swirling around NHK shows no sign of simmering down, with Chairman Katsuto Momii reportedly playing down the explosive nature of the remarks he made at his first news conference in January over the wartime brothels used by the Imperial Japanese military. Some ...

Drift rightward has been building for years

Feb 14, 2014

Drift rightward has been building for years

Fashion model Junko Amo made headlines on Aug. 15, 2002, when she initiated a visit to controversial Yasukuni Shrine with a group of some 180 people she met via 2channel, Japan’s biggest Internet forum. Amo, now 35, said she developed strong feelings for the ...

| Feb 7, 2014

NHK governors' impartiality doubted

Shocking remarks like “there was no Nanjing Massacre” and “the gender equality law triggered Japan’s low birthrate” by NHK governors appointed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have called into question the qualifications and neutrality of the public broadcaster’s board and the biased way its ...

Tamogami finds right-wing niche

Feb 5, 2014

Tamogami finds right-wing niche

Last Sunday, a week before Tokyo residents go to the polls and choose a new governor, prominent candidates were campaigning hard in Ginza, showcasing their ability to manage a ¥13 trillion annual budget that almost equals Indonesia’s national budget. Former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe ...