Mar 25, 2014

Japan's ruling bloc approves new rules on arms exports

The ruling parties approved new guidelines on arms exports Tuesday, setting the stage for the first major overhaul in nearly 50 years of the country’s arms embargo policy. The Cabinet is expected to approve the guidelines next week, while concerns remain that Japan’s status ...

Noam Chomsky: Truth to power

Feb 22, 2014

Noam Chomsky: Truth to power

by David Mcneill

Often dubbed one of the world’s most important intellectuals and its leading public dissident, Noam Chomsky was for years among the top 10 most quoted academics on the planet, edged out only by William Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Aristotle. An unrelenting critic of U.S. foreign ...

Feb 13, 2014

Japan may lift ban on arms sales to U.N.

The government is considering enabling supply of defense equipment to the United Nations and other international organizations as part of its rethink of the country’s arms export ban, sources said Wednesday. The plan is under study based on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy of ...

Feb 11, 2014

Weapons export ban under siege

Japan may soon allow exports of defense equipment to international organizations, such as those involved in U.N. peacekeeping missions, on condition that they do not take sides in conflicts.

Feb 4, 2014

Japan, U.S. to team up in training people to counter cyberattacks

Japanese and U.S. defense officials have agreed to boost their cooperation in training people to counter increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. Among the forms of cooperation discussed Tuesday in their first working-level meeting on the issue is conducting joint exercises to counter cyberattacks on government agencies ...

Fears widen over Kadena toxins

Feb 1, 2014

Fears widen over Kadena toxins

by Jon Mitchell

Just days after the commander of U.S. Kadena Air Base, near the city of Okinawa, promised parents their children’s schools were safe from dioxin contamination, a further 50 chemical barrels have been unearthed from adjacent land and a retired U.S. Air Force major has ...

Judge: Defense in terror case can see secret docs

Jan 30, 2014

Judge: Defense in terror case can see secret docs

The U.S. government can’t keep secret its request to conduct clandestine surveillance of an accused attempted terrorist, a federal judge in a Chicago terrorism case said Wednesday in a ruling that gives defense attorneys an unprecedented look at a request made to the country’s ...