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 ...

Abbott pledge puts Japanese submarine deal in doubt

Feb 9, 2015

Abbott pledge puts Japanese submarine deal in doubt

Officials in Australia and Japan on Monday expressed skepticism and confusion over a pledge by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to give an Australian state-owned shipbuilder the option to tender for a major submarine contract, heightening the uncertainty around the project. Sources have said Australia ...