Keep spirit of Constitution: S. Korea

Jul 2, 2014

Keep spirit of Constitution: S. Korea

South Korea urged Japan on Tuesday to maintain the spirit of its pacifist constitution despite reinterpreting the text, allowing the country to exercise the right to collective self-defense. “The Japanese government, while upholding the basic spirit of its more than 60-year-old pacifist Constitution and ...

Jul 2, 2014

Hagel welcomes decision on collective self-defense

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hailed the government’s decision Tuesday to authorize a reinterpretation of war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution, saying the move will pave the way for stronger bilateral ties between the two countries. “I welcome the government of Japan’s new ...

May 15, 2014

China voices concern over Abe's bid to end pacifist defense policy

China on Thursday expressed concern over the possibility that Japan will try to reinterpret its pacifist Constitution so that its military can defend other countries. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China has “full reasons to be highly vigilant about Japan’s true intentions and ...

Dec 27, 2013

Komeito unhappy with Yasukuni pilgrimage

New Komeito, the Liberal Democratic Party’s ally in the ruling coalition, expressed displeasure over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday. His visit to the shrine, the first by a sitting prime minister in seven years, was praised by conservative members ...

Chinese media slam shrine trip but public quiet

Dec 27, 2013

Chinese media slam shrine trip but public quiet

No demonstrations against Japan were seen in Chinese cities Friday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his visit to war-linked Yasukini Shrine the previous day, but the newspapers were nearly unanimous in criticizing him for blatantly challenging the postwar international order. A larger-than-usual police ...