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 ...

Oct 18, 2014

Abe keen to establish new Japanese Constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his strong wish to draft a new Constitution during a radio interview aired Saturday. Pointing out that the current charter was drafted under the supervision of the Allied Powers during their occupation of Japan after World War II, Abe ...

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 ...

Oct 1, 2014

Court rejects damages for lay judge with stress disorder

The Fukushima District Court has rejected a claim by a lay judge in a robbery-murder case that the judiciary system was responsible for her developing acute stress disorder. Hifumi Aoki, 64, of Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, challenged the constitutionality of the lay judge system and ...