Dec 13, 2014

Outer space belongs to science

Unfortunately a recently disclosed draft of Japan's new basic plan for space projects gives top priority to use of outer space for national security purposes.

Secret Service director's undoing was quick

Oct 3, 2014

Secret Service director's undoing was quick

by Alicia A. Caldwell

One lesson from Julia Pierson’s short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can’t keep secrets from the president. The undoing of Pierson, who resigned Wednesday, was not telling President Barack Obama about a Sept. 16 incident ...

Aug 1, 2014

U.S. government requests for Twitter info climb; Tokyo distant second

Twitter on Thursday released a new transparency report showing a steady rise in government requests for information from the globally popular one-to-many messaging service. The number of requests for information from governments climbed 46 percent from the second half of last year to 2,058, ...

Britain unveils emergency laws to keep email, phone data for security

Jul 10, 2014

Britain unveils emergency laws to keep email, phone data for security

Britain said on Thursday it would rush through emergency legislation to force telecoms firms to retain customer data for a year, calling the move vital for national security following a decision by Europe’s top court. Communication companies had been required to retain data for ...

Dec 17, 2013

Japan adopts new security strategy to counter assertive China

Japan on Tuesday adopted a new national security strategy, pledging to beef up defenses against an increasingly assertive China to protect its territory, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to boost Tokyo’s standing as a contributor to global peace and security. In the national ...

Kishida, Hague eye bolstered security ties

Oct 16, 2013

Kishida, Hague eye bolstered security ties

by Mizuho Aoki

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and British Foreign Secretary William Hague agreed Wednesday to deepen bilateral security cooperation, especially in the fields of maritime, computers and outer space as well as counterterrorism. During the second Japan-U.K. strategic dialogue in Tokyo, the ministers also agreed to ...