/ Feb 20, 2015

Japan's constitutional millstone

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If there is one factor that could help the Abe administration overcome the constitutional millstone against modernizing Japan's military defense, it would be Obama administration support. Japan is the only power that can block China from gaining ascendancy in the region.

Apr 8, 2014

Avoid voting age disparity

The question of whether the minimum voting age for participating in Japan's referendums should be lower than the voting age for other elections remains unsettled.

Aug 3, 2013

Mr. Aso embarrasses Japan again

Remarks like those of Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso indicating that Nazis knew how to revise a sticky constitution risk creating a weird international image for Japan.

Abe tells Philippine leader of tilt toward more robust military

/ Jul 27, 2013

Abe tells Philippine leader of tilt toward more robust military

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday that his government plans to proceed with the debate on whether Japan should exercise the right to collective self-defense — a politically sensitive issue that previous administrations have interpreted as banned by the Constitution. Abe also briefed Philippine ...