Dec 17, 2014

55% do not support Abe's security policies, poll shows

More than half of the respondents to a Kyodo News opinion poll do not support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s handling of security policies, which include allowing the nation to begin aiding allies under armed attack, despite the ruling bloc’s victory in Sunday’s election. The ...

Dec 1, 2014

Judging Abe's policies

Along with the bread and butter issues of the economy, voters are urged to take a serious look at the Abe administration's actions in the areas of defense and freedom of information over the past two years.

Nov 4, 2014

Aquino explains backing Japan's new self-defense policy

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Tuesday he is backing the Abe administration’s reinterpretation of the Constitution to be able to exercise the right to collective self-defense because of the situation Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights have encountered since last year. Speaking before delegates ...

Oct 28, 2014

Hisahiko Okazaki, security adviser to Abe, dies at 84

Former Ambassador to Thailand Hisahiko Okazaki, who later became a diplomatic and security adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, died Sunday at a Tokyo hospital, the Foreign Ministry said. He was 84. Okazaki also served as intelligence bureau chief and as ambassador to Saudi ...

Oct 23, 2014

Defense guideline revamp faces delay until April, U.S. says

A senior U.S. government official has suggested that the U.S. and Japanese governments may postpone finalizing new defense cooperation guidelines until next April, months after the current year-end deadline. The official said the U.S. military sees the need for further consultation between Tokyo and ...

Oct 8, 2014

New Japan-U.S. defense guidelines will stress global reach

by Masaaki Kameda

Japan and the United States released an interim report Wednesday on revising their bilateral defense cooperation guidelines by the year’s end, in which they call for more global military cooperation between the two countries that will “benefit the (Asia-Pacific) region and beyond.” The defense ...