Jul 7, 2014

Taiwan think tank backs Japan's defense policy shift

A pro-independence Taiwanese think tank threw its backing Monday behind Japan’s decision last week to allow the use of collective self-defense. Liu Shih-chung, president of the Taiwan Brain Trust, voiced regret that the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou was unclear about its position on ...

Fiery Shinjuku protest goes global without NHK

| Jul 5, 2014

Fiery Shinjuku protest goes global without NHK

by Philip Brasor

Until the Great East Japan Earthquake, social media didn’t have much purchase on Japanese social life. But disasters are transformative, and in a country where the mass media is cautious about its role vis-a-vis the authorities, social media came into its own after the ...

Jul 3, 2014

Textbook publishers mull revisions on description of collective self-defense

Publishers of civics textbooks for junior high and high schools are considering modifying their descriptions of collective self-defense, given the government’s move this week to allow the country to exercise the controversial right, NHK reported Thursday. The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe authorized ...

Beijing takes aim at defense move

Jul 2, 2014

Beijing takes aim at defense move

China on Tuesday criticized Japan for loosening decades-old restrictions on its military, and warned the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to take any action that could threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region. “We oppose Japan’s move of deliberately fabricating the China threat ...

Jul 2, 2014

Abe guts Article 9

With its Cabinet decision to allow Japan to exercise collective self-defense, the Abe administration has effectively gutted Article 9.