Aug 19, 2015

Nakatani defends Joint Staff security bills document

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani admitted Wednesday that the ministry’s Joint Staff Office created an internal document in late May about expanding overseas operations of the Self-Defense Forces, based on the assumption that security legislation currently under debate in the Upper House would be enacted. ...

Lower House passes security bills amid protests

Jul 16, 2015

Lower House passes security bills amid protests

Tens of thousands of angry voters in the streets. Opinion polls recording deep-seated public unease. The cause: a pair of security reform bills that will turn the nation’s retiring Self-Defense Forces into a more proactive fighting unit, and the manner in which the government ...