Apr 7, 2014

LDP gropes for clarity on collective defense rewrite

The Liberal Democratic Party is moving ahead fast in talks to lift the nation’s self-imposed restrictions on collective self-defense as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continues his quest for a more proactive role in the Japan-U.S. alliance. LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba said new laws will ...

Abe ready for full-on military drive

| Mar 27, 2014

Abe ready for full-on military drive

With the launch next Monday of a special intraparty panel directly under his lead, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party are ready to kick off their full-fledged drive to reinterpret the Constitution to allow Japan to help defend its allies. ...

New map shines light on Tokyo air raid horrors

Mar 9, 2014

New map shines light on Tokyo air raid horrors

In an attempt to preserve people’s fading memories of the World War II air raids on Tokyo, scholars and citizens have drawn up what is considered the most comprehensive map so far of their efforts to escape from U.S. bombs. In the largest air ...

Firms seek to tap into Israeli startups

Mar 4, 2014

Firms seek to tap into Israeli startups

More Japanese companies are looking at the Israeli startup market in search of innovative technologies and investments to beef up their businesses, although they lag far behind the buyout sprees of global tech giants such as Google Inc. and Apple Inc. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. ...

Mar 4, 2014

Nationalists press Abe to revisit Kono apology

Right-wing lawmakers are leaning harder on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to re-evaluate the government’s 1993 apology for the enslavement of women to serve as prostitutes for Japan’s wartime forces, in the face of international criticism against such an effort. Members of the conservative Nippon ...