Aug 25, 2015

Defense Ministry internal document

The Abe administration needs to provide sufficient explanations on the SDF's activities and operations related to the bills to the Diet to prevent the SDF from making decisions while keeping the Diet and the public in the dark.

Aug 10, 2015

Mideast experts call for abolition of security bills

About 100 experts on the Middle East, including former Japanese ambassadors to the region, called Monday for the abolition of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security bills, saying they could ruin the region’s faith in Japan and eventually threaten the lives of Japanese. “(Recent) major ...

Japan's security bills are tactical approach to battle

| Aug 3, 2015

Japan's security bills are tactical approach to battle

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Lawmakers are due to continue debating two contentious security bills until mid-September, comprising some of the most controversial government-sponsored legislation to reach the Diet in recent years. But the bills are considered difficult to understand, and media polls indicate a majority of voters feel ...

Aug 2, 2015

Iraq mission and the security bills

Recently released details of a 2008 GSDF mission to the "noncombat zone" in Iraq should be taken into account as the Upper House scrutinizes security legislation what would expand the scope of SDF missions abroad.

Murayama warns of 'crisis' over security bills

Jul 29, 2015

Murayama warns of 'crisis' over security bills

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Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Wednesday “a sense of crisis” drove him to join protesters outside the Diet who were rallying against legislation that would overhaul the country’s security policies. Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, the 91-year-old expressed concern about ...