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Pacifist Constitution's champions lose their voice in Diet

May 21, 2015

Pacifist Constitution's champions lose their voice in Diet

The pacifist Constitution’s parliamentary guardians, known as goken (protecting Constitution forces), have been fading in recent decades while the pro-amendment camp led by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has begun to expand. Observers say the trend reflects the downfall of the Social Democratic Party, ...

May 20, 2015

SDF will only be deployed to 'safe' places, Abe says

by Mizuho Aoki

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rebuffed criticism on Wednesday that the government’s contentious security legislation would put Self-Defense Forces personnel at greater risk, saying they would provide logistics support in areas that are safe. In the first one-on-one debate with opposition party leaders since last ...