Aug 26, 2014

Military courts unconstitutional

The recent Cabinet decision to let Japan take part in "collective self-defense" raises the question of whether a courts-martial system, and what would likely be a more severe standard for punishing violators of Self-Defense Forces law, should be introduced.

Aug 26, 2014

Women's needs to get greater emphasis in disaster policies

The Abe administration is hoping to give women’s voices greater prominence in crafting policies to deal with disasters and in resolving international conflicts, according to the current version of an upcoming action plan. Officials are aiming to compile the action plan for women, peace ...

Aug 24, 2014

Abe cancels visit to landslide-hit Hiroshima

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has canceled his Sunday visit to Hiroshima, apparently to avoid disrupting the search and rescue operation launched after deadly landslides hit the city last week. Abe, who is being criticized for playing golf and vacationing while responding to the disaster, ...