Aug 11, 2014

LDP member raps Nagasaki mayor

Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Masatada Tsuchiya criticizes Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue for referring to national security policy during his speech at the city's annual atomic bomb ceremony.

Aug 11, 2014

An A-bomb survivor takes on Abe

At a ceremony mark the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, a 75-year-old woman survivor berates the Abe administration's decision to allow Japan to take part in conflict overseas under the auspices of collective self-defense.

Hiroshima marks 69th anniversary of atomic bombing

Aug 6, 2014

Hiroshima marks 69th anniversary of atomic bombing

Hiroshima marked the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing Wednesday, as survivors of the attack and others gathered at the city’s Peace Memorial Park early in the morning to pay their respects and to attend an annual ceremony commemorating the event. At the ...

| Jul 29, 2014

Abe's flawed contingency plan

If the barren state of Tokyo-Seoul ties continues, Shinzo Abe's call for the exercise of the right to collective self-defense as well as the protection of Japanese citizens on the Korean Peninsula in an emergency is doomed to become pie in the sky.

Self-defense less collective at local level

| Jul 27, 2014

Self-defense less collective at local level

by Eric Johnston

After the Shiga gubernatorial election earlier this month, in which Taizo Mikazuki, the hand-picked successor to former Gov. Yukiko Kada, defeated the ruling coalition’s candidate, certain media agencies and pundits suggested that collective self-defense had no impact on the race. Such arguments were factually ...