Abe wants 'national debate' on collective defense issue

Jun 24, 2014

Abe wants 'national debate' on collective defense issue

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his case again Tuesday that restraints on the Self-Defense Forces should be loosened amid a changing security environment in the Asia-Pacific region. “It is necessary to appropriately interpret the Constitution,” Abe said at a press conference to mark the ...

Jun 24, 2014

Abe offers concession on collective defense

by Ayako Mie

The Abe administration gave some ground Tuesday to New Komeito in the ninth round of the coalition defense talks, offering tougher conditions before Japan would be allowed to exercise the long-prohibited right to collective self-defense. Debate between the ruling coalition partners has focused on ...

Jun 18, 2014

Abe, Colin Powell express concern over Iraq crisis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell agreed Wednesday on the need for diplomatic efforts to stop the escalating violence in Iraq. “We both expressed our concern over the situation in Iraq,” Powell told reporters after a meeting with ...

Jun 18, 2014

Japan unlikely to adopt collective self-defense for now

The secretaries-general of the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito agreed Wednesday that Cabinet approval for exercising the right to collective self-defense is unlikely to come before the Sunday end of the Diet session. Yoshihisa Inoue of New Komeito, the LDP’s junior partner in ...

Jun 16, 2014

Isles defense drives vehicle tie-up with U.S.

The Defense Ministry is thinking of engaging in joint development of amphibious vehicles with the United States so the Ground Self-Defense Force can bolster its defense of remote islands, informed sources said. The ministry hopes to participate in the U.S. Department of Defense’s work ...