Former Cabinet Legislation Bureau chief Komatsu dies at 63

Jun 23, 2014

Former Cabinet Legislation Bureau chief Komatsu dies at 63

Former Cabinet Legislation Bureau chief Ichiro Komatsu died early Monday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced. He was 63. Komatsu served as a senior legal aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who installed him, and supported Abe’s ongoing attempt to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution ...

Abe stirs gadget-use debate in Diet

Apr 3, 2014

Abe stirs gadget-use debate in Diet

by Kazuaki Nagata

Using iPads and other digital devices during Diet sessions is banned under current rules as well as custom, but this may change after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the devices may invigorate deliberations. Abe made the remark at an Upper House audit committee meeting ...

Abe pick sets stage for collective defense OK

Aug 2, 2013

Abe pick sets stage for collective defense OK

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to appoint Ambassador to France Ichiro Komatsu to head the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, apparently because he appears more amenable to the lifting of Japan's self-imposed ban on engaging in the right of collective self-defense.