Feb 12, 2015

Abe sidesteps expanded SDF role in Diet policy speech

Delivering a key policy speech at the Diet, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his determination Thursday to push for economic reforms but avoided touching the most controversial issue expected at this year’s ordinary Diet session: security bills to expand the scope of Self-Defense Forces ...

Feb 6, 2015

Tokyo, Okinawa stuck in cold war over U.S. base

The central government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government are now in an apparent cold war. Despite repeated visits and requests from Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Ongata, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga have refused to meet the governor, who was elected ...

Goto beheaded by Islamic State militants

Feb 1, 2015

Goto beheaded by Islamic State militants

Despite an unusual lull that had raised hopes hostage Kenji Goto might be freed, many in Japan were shocked Sunday to learn the Islamic State group had apparently executed him. In a new video posted online early in the morning, the same masked man ...