| Jan 31, 2015

Diplomatic blundering on hostages and history

by Jeff Kingston

Japan’s latest hostage crisis has exposed shortcomings in Japan’s public diplomacy and raises questions about the advice Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received in publicly announcing $200 million in humanitarian aid to help those displaced by conflict with the Islamic State group. Understandably, the prime ...

Constitution defender Okudaira dies at 85

Jan 30, 2015

Constitution defender Okudaira dies at 85

Yasuhiro Okudaira, a founding member of the Article 9 Association for defending the Constitution, died of a heart attack at his home in Tokyo early Monday, the association said Friday. He was 85. Okudaira was a professor of law at the University of Tokyo ...

Jan 6, 2015

LDP sets out how it might revise Constitution

The Liberal Democratic Party will step up efforts this year to revise the Constitution, a long-cherished goal of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. To lay the groundwork, the LDP hopes to start talks with other parties as early as March. This will produce a draft ...

Nov 4, 2014

Aquino explains backing Japan's new self-defense policy

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Tuesday he is backing the Abe administration’s reinterpretation of the Constitution to be able to exercise the right to collective self-defense because of the situation Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights have encountered since last year. Speaking before delegates ...

How Japan's Article 9 was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 7, 2014

How Japan's Article 9 was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

There is mounting speculation that the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize may honor people fighting to protect Japan’s war-renouncing Constitution. The prize is scheduled to be announced Friday. The nomination is for “Japanese people who conserve Article 9,” which is understood to include all those ...