Minesweeping in Mideast 'OK under changes'

Jul 14, 2014

Minesweeping in Mideast 'OK under changes'

by Mizuho Aoki

The Cabinet's recent decision to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution means that Japan would be allowed to engage in a minesweeping operation in the Strait of Hormuz even without a cease-fire in place, as long as three self-imposed legal conditions would be met, Prime Minister ...

Jul 14, 2014

Abe calls for talks with Xi at APEC summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he is seeking to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a regional meeting in Beijing in November, the latest call from Tokyo for face-to-face talks amid testy diplomatic relations. Abe pointed to the two nations’ huge trading ...

Jul 11, 2014

Tokyo sued over bid to reinterpret Constitution

The central government was slapped with a lawsuit on Friday over the Cabinet’s decision to expand the scope of the Self-Defense Forces, a divisive move that sparked protests at home and drew sharp criticism from China. The legal action filed with the Tokyo District ...

Jul 9, 2014

Abe pushing Beijing, Seoul together

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should realize that his historical revisionism and his new initiative in defense policy are further straining Japan's ties with its two closest neighbors.