Feb 13, 2015

Ruling bloc parties explore positions on defense

by Mizuho Aoki

The Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling coalition kicked off formal discussions Friday on security legislation that would expand the range of missions the Self-Defense Forces could be deployed on. The weekly talks are expected to be tough. Komeito is reluctant to loosen legal restrictions on ...

Feb 13, 2015

SDF dispatches by phone likely on path to approval

The Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling bloc is expected to agree that the Cabinet should be allowed to approve Self-Defense Forces deployments by phone to speed up responses to “gray zone” national security incidents, a senior source in the administration said. With Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Experienced defense hand Nakatani joins Cabinet

Dec 24, 2014

Experienced defense hand Nakatani joins Cabinet

Gen Nakatani, picked Wednesday as defense minister, is a former Self-Defense Forces officer well-versed in defense and security policy, and an advocate of expanding the range of roles Japan can play in security overseas. He was an instructor for an elite ranger unit before ...