Mar 25, 2015

Broadening SDF missions abroad

An outline of a package of security legislation planned by the Abe administration fails to set clear restrictions on the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' overseas missions.

Mar 6, 2015

Abe presses forward on collective defense

by Mizuho Aoki

The Abe administration proposed Friday amending the Self-Defense Forces Law to make it legal to exercise the right to collective self-defense, moving a step closer to the possibility that Japan will use military force even if it is not under direct attack. The expected ...

Feb 25, 2015

Risky expansion of SDF missions

New Abe administration policies in the works appear to expand the scope of of SDF activities abroad to almost anything short of direct use of force.

Feb 15, 2015

Questions of self-defense

A legislative package of bills on security — prepared by the ruling coalition with the aim of implementing the Abe Cabinet's decision last July to enable Japan to engage in collective self-defense — will no doubt be the main focus of the current Diet ...

Constitution defender Okudaira dies at 85

Jan 30, 2015

Constitution defender Okudaira dies at 85

Yasuhiro Okudaira, a founding member of the Article 9 Association for defending the Constitution, died of a heart attack at his home in Tokyo early Monday, the association said Friday. He was 85. Okudaira was a professor of law at the University of Tokyo ...

DPJ faces unity test over national security

| Jan 19, 2015

DPJ faces unity test over national security

Following the Democratic Party of Japan’s election of veteran member Katsuya Okada as leader on Sunday, the fractured group faces a real test of unity over national security. The internal election revealed wide gaps among candidates over key policies, including coming to the aid ...