Jul 11, 2014

Tokyo sued over bid to reinterpret Constitution

The central government was slapped with a lawsuit on Friday over the Cabinet’s decision to expand the scope of the Self-Defense Forces, a divisive move that sparked protests at home and drew sharp criticism from China. The legal action filed with the Tokyo District ...

Jul 8, 2014

SDF bases welcome students on field trips

by Hotaka Tazawa

Public awareness in of the Self-Defense Forces is growing, with an increasing number of students under college age visiting SDF bases as part of social studies programs. Helping fuel interest is the recent high-profile move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to strengthen the nation’s ...

Jul 7, 2014

Taiwan think tank backs Japan's defense policy shift

A pro-independence Taiwanese think tank threw its backing Monday behind Japan’s decision last week to allow the use of collective self-defense. Liu Shih-chung, president of the Taiwan Brain Trust, voiced regret that the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou was unclear about its position on ...

Jul 3, 2014

Textbook publishers mull revisions on description of collective self-defense

Publishers of civics textbooks for junior high and high schools are considering modifying their descriptions of collective self-defense, given the government’s move this week to allow the country to exercise the controversial right, NHK reported Thursday. The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe authorized ...

Beijing takes aim at defense move

Jul 2, 2014

Beijing takes aim at defense move

China on Tuesday criticized Japan for loosening decades-old restrictions on its military, and warned the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to take any action that could threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region. “We oppose Japan’s move of deliberately fabricating the China threat ...

Jul 2, 2014

Abe guts Article 9

With its Cabinet decision to allow Japan to exercise collective self-defense, the Abe administration has effectively gutted Article 9.