Oct 23, 2014

Defense guideline revamp faces delay until April, U.S. says

A senior U.S. government official has suggested that the U.S. and Japanese governments may postpone finalizing new defense cooperation guidelines until next April, months after the current year-end deadline. The official said the U.S. military sees the need for further consultation between Tokyo and ...

Oct 8, 2014

New Japan-U.S. defense guidelines will stress global reach

by Masaaki Kameda

Japan and the United States released an interim report Wednesday on revising their bilateral defense cooperation guidelines by the year’s end, in which they call for more global military cooperation between the two countries that will “benefit the (Asia-Pacific) region and beyond.” The defense ...

Sep 2, 2014

Wrong path to full sovereignty

by Jiro Yamaguchi

The change in the government's long-standing interpretation of Article 9 of the Constitution may lift some restrictions on Japan's use of military force, but Japan will not become a full-fledged sovereign state as long as it has a leader who can neither think autonomously ...