Aug 24, 2014

Abe cancels visit to landslide-hit Hiroshima

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has canceled his Sunday visit to Hiroshima, apparently to avoid disrupting the search and rescue operation launched after deadly landslides hit the city last week. Abe, who is being criticized for playing golf and vacationing while responding to the disaster, ...

U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper

Aug 21, 2014

U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper

by Seana K. Magee

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is forging ahead with a plan that could increase the deployment of the Self-Defense Forces overseas under new parameters, and the United Nations welcomes a national debate in Japan on the issue as it views the potential to improve peacekeeping ...

Aug 20, 2014

Cabinet may top record for women

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to have at least five female ministers in his Cabinet following a reshuffle that will take place in the first week of September, according to government and ruling party sources. Abe recently told his close aides that he wants ...

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

Aug 20, 2014

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

The Self-Defense Forces showcased the ability to defend remote islands Tuesday, as its role expands at home and abroad under new defense policies instituted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that have divided the nation. The military began large-scale annual “Fire Power” exercises at the ...