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 ...

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

Aug 20, 2014

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

The Self-Defense Forces showcased the ability to defend remote islands Tuesday, as its role expands at home and abroad under new defense policies instituted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that have divided the nation. The military began large-scale annual “Fire Power” exercises at the ...