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 ...

Yasukuni: It's open to interpretation

| Feb 3, 2014

Yasukuni: It's open to interpretation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine in December stirred outrage at home and abroad because he was perceived as promoting his revisionist views on wartime history and violating the constitutional separation of state and religion.

Diet grills NHK boss on remarks

Jan 31, 2014

Diet grills NHK boss on remarks

In a bid to dodge criticism that he is unqualified to lead NHK, its embattled president, Katsuto Momii, tells the Diet the contentious remarks at his first official press conference were not the broadcaster's official views but his own.

Abe: 'Numbers do not lie'

Jan 19, 2014

Abe: 'Numbers do not lie'

Prime Minister Abe plays up fiscal consolidation and across-the-board prosperity as he returns to his “Abenomics” script for the Liberal Democratic Party convention.