Feb 27, 2015

Chipping away at civilian control

The Abe administration plans to abolish a legal mechanism ensuring that high-ranking civilian officials of the Defense Ministry maintain authority over uniformed officers of the Self-Defense Forces.

Feb 25, 2015

Risky expansion of SDF missions

New Abe administration policies in the works appear to expand the scope of of SDF activities abroad to almost anything short of direct use of force.

Feb 13, 2015

Ruling bloc parties explore positions on defense

by Mizuho Aoki

The Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling coalition kicked off formal discussions Friday on security legislation that would expand the range of missions the Self-Defense Forces could be deployed on. The weekly talks are expected to be tough. Komeito is reluctant to loosen legal restrictions on ...

Feb 13, 2015

SDF dispatches by phone likely on path to approval

The Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling bloc is expected to agree that the Cabinet should be allowed to approve Self-Defense Forces deployments by phone to speed up responses to “gray zone” national security incidents, a senior source in the administration said. With Prime Minister Shinzo ...