Conservatives call for revising Constitution

May 4, 2012

Conservatives call for revising Constitution

The time has come for political parties to overcome their differences and join hands to revise the Constitution to suit the times, including by establishing of an “army” to protect Japan, its people and its territory, conservative lawmakers said Thursday. Marking the 65th anniversary ...

May 3, 2012

Conservative group wages war on Article 9

The war-renouncing clause to the Constitution is a threat to national security that leaves Japan vulnerable to foreign invasion and cyber-attacks and should be revised as soon as possible, a conservative citizens’ group said Wednesday. Article 9 is flawed because it prevents Japan from ...

| May 1, 2012

Constitution again faces calls for revision to meet reality

Thursday marks the 65th year since the Constitution took effect in 1947. Drafted during the Allied Occupation under the leadership of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the Constitution has remained untouched since its birth, despite years of divided discussions among experts and lawmakers over whether it ...

U.S., Japan tweak marine exit plan

Apr 28, 2012

U.S., Japan tweak marine exit plan

Tokyo and Washington agreed Friday to move about 9,000 U.S. Marines out of Okinawa as part of the ongoing realignment of the U.S. forces in Japan, leaving about 10,000 marines in the prefecture. Of the departing contingent, 4,000 will be stationed on Guam and ...

Ozawa not guilty of fund conspiracy

Apr 27, 2012

Ozawa not guilty of fund conspiracy

Ichiro Ozawa, former president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, was acquitted Thursday of conspiring with former aides to make false financial reports in his political fund management body Rikuzankai in 2004 and 2005. The acquittal by the Tokyo District Court could signal ...

Political showdown, and possibly poll, loom

| Apr 27, 2012

Political showdown, and possibly poll, loom

Now that Ichiro Ozawa has been acquitted of funding irregularity charges, experts said one thing is certain at this stage: he will try to regain power within his Democratic Party of Japan and send Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda packing. In the past few years, ...

Mekong states get ¥600 billion in ODA

Apr 22, 2012

Mekong states get ¥600 billion in ODA

Japan will provide ¥600 billion in official development assistance within three years to the Mekong region countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to bolster their development, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda declared Saturday. Noda made the ODA announcement at the fourth annual Mekong-Japan ...

Apr 22, 2012

Japan to cancel 60% of Myanmar's debt

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced Saturday that Japan will resume yen loans to Myanmar and cancel about 60 percent of the debt and overdue charges it is owed to assist the country’s recent moves toward democracy. The announcement coincided with the first visit to ...

Noda leaps in with hint of buying Senkakus

Apr 19, 2012

Noda leaps in with hint of buying Senkakus

The central government will consider buying the disputed Senkaku Islands, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Wednesday, adding fuel to a fire already lit by Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara. Noda’s statement came after Ishihara dropped his bombshell Monday in Washington by revealing that the Tokyo ...

LDP readies two censure motions

Apr 18, 2012

LDP readies two censure motions

It looks like Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his ruling Democratic Party of Japan are in for a rough ride in the current Diet session. The Liberal Democratic Party said Tuesday it is ready to submit censure motions against two Cabinet ministers. LDP Secretary ...