Analyzing Abe's fixation on the Constitution

/ Jul 22, 2015

Analyzing Abe's fixation on the Constitution

The nation’s pacifist Constitution remains intact more than half a century after Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi told U.S. television viewers in October 1958 that the time had come for Japan to abandon the war-renouncing Article 9. Amending the Constitution was Kishi’s long-standing political aim. ...

/ Mar 8, 2015

Record 30% of Japanese want SDF beefed up: Cabinet survey

A record 29.9 percent of Japanese say they want the Self-Defense Forces’ capabilities boosted, a government survey said. The figure was up 5.1 percentage points from a survey three years ago, and almost twice the 2009 figure, after which SDF personnel were involved in ...

/ 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 ...