Noriyuki Suzuki

For Noriyuki Suzuki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan working with foreign coast guards for safer seas

Jul 31, 2014

Japan working with foreign coast guards for safer seas

When Japan makes its case for the rule of law and tries to ensure maritime security, the spotlight often falls on its Self-Defense Forces, an “armed organization” whose use of force is strictly limited under the pacifist Constitution. But no less important is the ...

Abe move triggers rethink of military's role

| Jul 16, 2014

Abe move triggers rethink of military's role

For university student Yui Iwamuro, the U.S. Camp Zama near Tokyo is the closest she has gotten to anything military. She’s one of many young students and adults who consider war, or the prospect of Japan going to war, as something distant, improbable and ...

Okinawa: resort island or battle zone?

| May 9, 2014

Okinawa: resort island or battle zone?

Okinawa residents may be starting to wonder what the future holds in Japan’s new security landscape and whether their prefecture, with its heavy U.S. military presence, will be the front line of defense against China. As Japan is set to debate whether to lift ...

Gadgets open window to bilingual medical services

Apr 17, 2014

Gadgets open window to bilingual medical services

Language barriers can be life-threatening when you get sick in a foreign country and don’t know how to explain it to your doctor. Your heart is beating fast, your palms are getting sweaty and breathing is labored. You know you have probably come down ...

Abe takes aim at pacifist Constitution

Jan 22, 2014

Abe takes aim at pacifist Constitution

The pacifist credo that has given modern Japan its distinctive security framework is moving increasingly into the spotlight as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to shake up the postwar regime. Dissatisfied with the restrictions imposed by the Constitution, Abe aims to implement changes to ...

Abe's play for secrecy law

Oct 26, 2013

Abe's play for secrecy law

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is striving to protect state secrets by stiffening the penalties for leakers in a new law touted as a pillar of his envisioned security framework. With the focus on how Tokyo will address public criticism about tightening control over government ...

Abe uses U.N. stage to push more proactive security role

| Sep 28, 2013

Abe uses U.N. stage to push more proactive security role

Delivering his message to a global audience at the United Nations last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined his vision of Japan as a pacifist nation willing to engage more actively in international security. Abe told the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York ...