Jul 29, 2014

Abe's flawed contingency plan

by Sentaku

If the barren state of Tokyo-Seoul ties continues, Shinzo Abe's call for the exercise of the right to collective self-defense as well as the protection of Japanese citizens on the Korean Peninsula in an emergency is doomed to become pie in the sky.

Self-defense less collective at local level

| Jul 27, 2014

Self-defense less collective at local level

by Eric Johnston

After the Shiga gubernatorial election earlier this month, in which Taizo Mikazuki, the hand-picked successor to former Gov. Yukiko Kada, defeated the ruling coalition’s candidate, certain media agencies and pundits suggested that collective self-defense had no impact on the race. Such arguments were factually ...

Jul 24, 2014

Collective self-defense smokescreen

It is deplorable that Prime Minister Shinzo continues to avoid discussing the inherent dangers to Japan with regard to his Cabinet's recent reinterpretation of "collective self-defense."

Jul 23, 2014

Ozawa sees risk of militarism with Abe

by Linda Sieg

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe loosened the limits of the pacifist Constitution to drop a ban on the Self-Defense Forces fighting overseas, many experts said it was a step toward becoming a “normal country” able to do more in its own defense. But Ichiro ...

Jul 21, 2014

National security official visits Seoul

A senior national security official has been visiting South Korea to explain Tokyo’s defense policies, including the Abe administration’s recent decision to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, South Korean government sources said Monday. During his three-day informal visit, set to ...