/ Dec 19, 2015

Abe to meet ex-Osaka Mayor Hashimoto Saturday night

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to meet with former Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on Saturday night at a Tokyo hotel, a political source said, only a day after the populist mayor left office declaring he is retiring from politics.Also set to attend the meeting ...

/ Jan 15, 2015

Abe says revising Constitution is 'natural'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday it is natural for Japan to revise its Constitution, noting nearly 70 years have passed since it was drafted under the Allied Occupation.“It’s hard to say the Japanese created it on their own,” Abe said on a television ...

Aug 27, 2014

Beefed-up consumer protections in Civil Code move forward

A draft outline that would add consumer protections to the Civil Code has passed a government advisory panel subgroup.It would be the first major change to the Civil Code affecting claims since the law was enacted in 1896. However, in the face of opposition ...

Lawyer gives Article 9 some coffee shop buzz

May 2, 2014

Lawyer gives Article 9 some coffee shop buzz


One morning in late April dozens of mothers, some with children, gathered at an Italian restaurant in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, hoping not only to dine, but also to learn what kind of future might await their children if the Constitution is amended.During the two-hour ...