Japan's security bills are tactical approach to battle

| Aug 3, 2015

Japan's security bills are tactical approach to battle

Lawmakers are due to continue debating two contentious security bills until mid-September, comprising some of the most controversial government-sponsored legislation to reach the Diet in recent years. But the bills are considered difficult to understand, and media polls indicate a majority of voters feel ...

Mori denies role in failed stadium bid

Jul 22, 2015

Mori denies role in failed stadium bid

The head of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games’ organizing committee referenced soaring construction costs but denied responsibility for the now-rejected National Stadium project.

Abe pulls plug on costly Olympic stadium plan

Jul 17, 2015

Abe pulls plug on costly Olympic stadium plan

To reduce the estimated construction cost of ¥252 billion and ease growing criticism, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the new National Stadium to be built for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be redesigned from scratch.

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 ...