Nov 1, 2005

DPJ backs revision of war-renouncing Article 9, with caveats

The Democratic Party of Japan endorsed on Monday its proposal for amending the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution so it stipulates that the nation can exercise the right to “restrictive” self-defense. The DPJ proposal came a few days after the ruling Liberal Democratic ...

Oct 29, 2005

Nonpartisan panel established to study new war memorial

Senior lawmakers from the ruling coalition and the Democratic Party of Japan on Friday launched a nonpartisan panel to study the feasibility of establishing a new war memorial to bridge the rift between Japan and its neighbors over Yasukuni Shrine. The panel’s establishment comes ...

LDP expels postal rebel Norota

Oct 29, 2005

LDP expels postal rebel Norota

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday expelled former farm minister Hosei Norota and punished 49 other lawmakers for voting against Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s postal privatization bills in July. Norota’s expulsion came a week after the LDP kicked out nine other party rebels ...

Oct 29, 2005

LDP revises Article 9 in draft Constitution

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday endorsed a new draft Constitution featuring a rewritten version of war-renouncing Article 9 that would officially allow the nation to possess a military for self-defense. The draft was compiled by the LDP’s Constitution drafting committee. It was ...

Oct 22, 2005

LDP expels nine postal reform rebels

defied the party policy by voting against the postal privatization bills and formed new parties to interfere with LDP candidates. Their act was in violation of party discipline,” said Mayumi Moriyama, chairwoman of the 18-member Party Ethics Committee, which made the decision. “They have ...

Visiting Yasukuni is constitutional right: Koizumi

Oct 20, 2005

Visiting Yasukuni is constitutional right: Koizumi

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Wednesday rebuffed criticism of his recent Yasukuni Shrine trip, saying visiting the shrine is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. Koizumi made the comments during a one-on-one question period with Democratic Party of Japan leader Seiji Maehara before the ...

Oct 19, 2005

LDP work on Article 9 gets Koizumi nod

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has given a nod to a Liberal Democratic Party plan to revise Article 9 of the Constitution to permit the nation to officially have a military for the purpose of self-defense, a member of the LDP drafting committee on constitutional ...

Oct 18, 2005

Maehara backs changing war-renouncing Article 9

Democratic Party of Japan President Seiji Maehara said Monday that the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution should be revised in a way that allows Japan to exercise its right to both self-defense and collective defense. The amendment should also pave the way for ...

Oct 12, 2005

Postal bills fly through Lower House

got what he wanted by fair means or foul,” Kamei said after the vote. “It seems as if the ‘age of civil wars’ has been revived in modern society and I fear that democratized Japan will disappear.” Under the bills, Japan Post will be ...