Apr 28, 2015

New regime for security alliance

The latest revision to the guidelines on Japan-U.S. defense cooperation potentially expands the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' joint operation with the U.S. military on a global scale in ways that transcend the original architecture of the postwar security treaty between the two countries.

Apr 26, 2015

Civilian control over the SDF

Lawmakers should confirm the importance of civilian control of the SDF and pursue ways to strengthen the system rather than to undermine it.

Apr 24, 2015

Blurry limits on SDF missions

Security legislation prepared by the Abe administration does not dispel concerns that the SDF's overseas missions could be expanded without limits.

Apr 23, 2015

Defense against volcanic eruptions

To ensure the effectiveness of its plans to beef up the measures against volcanic eruptions, the government needs to quickly launch efforts to increase the number of people with expertise in this field

Apr 22, 2015

Message should be repeated

If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe truly endorses the thinking behind his predecessors' war-anniversary statements, he should not hesitate to repeat their words.

Apr 21, 2015

Resolving the Henoko standoff

The Abe adminstration must take Okinawa's popular will seriously and find a solution to the standoff over the relocation of Air Station Futenma.