Mar 26, 2015

Cabinet aims to approve security legislation around May 15

The government and ruling coalition are considering adopting national security legislation aimed at expanding the scope of Self-Defense Forces’ operations overseas at a Cabinet meeting around May 15, Jiji Press has learned. The Abe administration, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its partner, Komeito, ...

Mar 24, 2015

Wartime slogan should stay buried

The silence of the Abe administration on a the use of the phrase "Hakko Ichiu" by an LDP lawmaker will only serve to raise suspicions about its attitude toward Japan's militaristic past.

Mar 24, 2015

Lawmakers to submit casinos bill this month

Pro-casino lawmakers said on Tuesday they will resubmit a failed bill to legalize gambling at so-called “integrated resorts” by the end of this month, hoping to pass the controversial law this year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promoted casinos as part of his economic ...

Mar 16, 2015

LDP, Komeito heavyweights to visit China next week

The secretaries-general of the ruling coalition parties said Monday they will make a three-day trip to Beijing next week in support of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to improve ties with China. Sadakazu Tanigaki of the Liberal Democratic Party and Yoshihisa Inoue of Komeito ...