Abe wants 'national debate' on collective defense issue

Jun 24, 2014

Abe wants 'national debate' on collective defense issue

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his case again Tuesday that restraints on the Self-Defense Forces should be loosened amid a changing security environment in the Asia-Pacific region. “It is necessary to appropriately interpret the Constitution,” Abe said at a press conference to mark the ...

Abe, Aquino pledge stronger security ties

Jun 24, 2014

Abe, Aquino pledge stronger security ties

by Mizuho Aoki

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III pledged Tuesday to deepen security cooperation, at a time when their countries are facing growing military assertiveness from China. During a news conference following a 45-minute meeting and a working lunch in Tokyo on ...

Jun 23, 2014

Personnel bureau sets 30% target for recruiting women

The Cabinet Bureau of Personnel Affairs has drafted a basic policy for hiring and promoting government employees in which it calls for recruiting more women as urged by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, officials said. The basic policy calls for increasing the ratio of female ...

Population woes crowd Japan

Jun 21, 2014

Population woes crowd Japan

by Linda Sieg

Holding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's demographic red line will be difficult unless Japan opens the door to immigration, a step policymakers have no intention of taking.

'Be visible,' top female lawmaker urges women

Jun 21, 2014

'Be visible,' top female lawmaker urges women

Japanese women in leadership positions need to do more to become role models for those trying to rise through the ranks if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s campaign against gender inequality is to succeed, according to the nation’s top female lawmaker. “The most important thing ...