Yusukina recognition sought for fallen brother

Aug 2, 2015

Yusukina recognition sought for fallen brother

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Amid growing controversy over moves by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration toward allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, an 88-year-old man wants people to know the story of his younger brother, who he says is the only Japanese man killed serving ...

Ex-Taiwan President Lee backs Abe's security bills

Jul 23, 2015

Ex-Taiwan President Lee backs Abe's security bills

Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui said Thursday he supports Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security bills aimed at expanding the Self-Defense Forces’ operations overseas, calling it a step toward ensuring peace in Asia and the world. “I have a positive view about the security legislation ...

Getting to the heart of Abe's vision for Japan's military

| May 19, 2014

Getting to the heart of Abe's vision for Japan's military

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The hottest buzzwords in politics these days are “the right of collective self-defense,” now that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s advisory panel on security has released its much-awaited recommendations for reinterpreting the Constitution. The Japanese people have been engaged in heated debate as Abe works ...

Constitution revision vital: Abe adviser

May 11, 2014

Constitution revision vital: Abe adviser

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The idea that Japan can improve its security without dropping a long-standing ban on aiding friendly countries under attack is a miracle that just won’t happen, the acting head of an advisory panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Abe has made clear that ...

May 8, 2014

SDF may get nod to supply aid in combat zones

Japan may expand the Self-Defense Forces’ scope of permitted activities abroad to include refueling and medical support for U.N.-endorsed multinational forces engaged in combat, government and ruling party sources said Wednesday. Such a major overhaul would signify a clear break from the government’s long-held ...