National Topics

Jul 16, 2014

U.S. warns Abe against visiting North Korea

The United States has urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to refrain from visiting North Korea, with Secretary of State John Kerry warning such a trip could disturb trilateral coordination involving Tokyo, Washington and Seoul to rein in Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs, sources familiar ...

SDF personnel join Bastille Day parade in Paris

Jul 15, 2014

SDF personnel join Bastille Day parade in Paris

Three Self-Defense Forces officers joined the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris on Monday. With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the French government invited representatives from some 80 countries involved in the 1914-1918 war to the ...

Minesweeping in Mideast 'OK under changes'

Jul 14, 2014

Minesweeping in Mideast 'OK under changes'

by Mizuho Aoki

The Cabinet's recent decision to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution means that Japan would be allowed to engage in a minesweeping operation in the Strait of Hormuz even without a cease-fire in place, as long as three self-imposed legal conditions would be met, Prime Minister ...

Jul 14, 2014

Abe calls for talks with Xi at APEC summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he is seeking to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a regional meeting in Beijing in November, the latest call from Tokyo for face-to-face talks amid testy diplomatic relations. Abe pointed to the two nations’ huge trading ...