May 1, 2015

Abe must address home audience

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs consider whether singling out China as the reason for strengthening of Japan's security alliance with the U.S. will, in fact, help make the region "remarkably more stable."

Japan relief team arrives in Nepal as disease fears grow

Apr 30, 2015

Japan relief team arrives in Nepal as disease fears grow

An advance team from Japan’s Self-Defense Forces arrived Wednesday morning in Kathmandu to provide medical relief in Nepal, and deteriorating hygiene heightened disease risks after Saturday’s massive earthquake. Col. Hirohide Nakagawa, who leads the SDF medical relief team, said, “We hope to do a ...

Apr 28, 2015

New regime for security alliance

The latest revision to the guidelines on Japan-U.S. defense cooperation potentially expands the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' joint operation with the U.S. military on a global scale in ways that transcend the original architecture of the postwar security treaty between the two countries.

U.S., Japan unveil new defense guidelines for global Japanese role

Apr 28, 2015

U.S., Japan unveil new defense guidelines for global Japanese role

Japan and the United States unveiled new guidelines for defense cooperation on Monday, reflecting Japan’s willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea. The first revision to the guidelines ...

Apr 26, 2015

Civilian control over the SDF

Lawmakers should confirm the importance of civilian control of the SDF and pursue ways to strengthen the system rather than to undermine it.

Apr 24, 2015

Blurry limits on SDF missions

Security legislation prepared by the Abe administration does not dispel concerns that the SDF's overseas missions could be expanded without limits.