Opposition assails Abe over Nishikawa resignation

Feb 24, 2015

Opposition assails Abe over Nishikawa resignation

Opposition parties refused Tuesday to convene a scheduled session of the Lower House Budget Committee and instead unleashed a salvo of taunts over the surprise resignation of farm minister Koya Nishikawa the day before. Nishikawa resigned over a donation scandal, and opposition parties took ...

Japanese deaths stir debate on hostage rescue capabilities

| Feb 16, 2015

Japanese deaths stir debate on hostage rescue capabilities

Following the gruesome executions of two Japanese by the Islamic State group, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems more eager than ever for legal authority to deploy Self-Defense Forces elements overseas, saying it is the government’s duty to rescue its citizens. Although he has denied ...

Feb 13, 2015

Ruling bloc parties explore positions on defense

The Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling coalition kicked off formal discussions Friday on security legislation that would expand the range of missions the Self-Defense Forces could be deployed on. The weekly talks are expected to be tough. Komeito is reluctant to loosen legal restrictions on ...