Jul 11, 2015

Abe calls for fast vote on national security bills

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday called for a vote soon on national security bills that are being discussed by a House of Representatives special committee. Abe told the committee on security legislation that members now better understand counterproposals from Ishin no To (Japan ...

Jul 8, 2015

Father arrested over deadly house fire had 'worries at workplace'

The father arrested on suspicion of setting fire to his house in southwestern Japan has told police that he “had worries at the workplace,” investigative sources said Wednesday. Police have learned that Kenichiro Suemune, a 40-year-old lieutenant in the Maritime Self-Defense Force, who allegedly ...

Jul 4, 2015

Top Japan, U.S. military brass plan powwow in Washington

The top officers of the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military will meet in Washington this month and likely agree to strengthen their alliance in response to China’s growing maritime assertiveness, sources close to bilateral relations said Saturday. Gen. Katsutoshi Kawano, head of the ...