Pacifist Constitution's champions lose their voice in Diet

May 21, 2015

Pacifist Constitution's champions lose their voice in Diet

The pacifist Constitution’s parliamentary guardians, known as goken (protecting Constitution forces), have been fading in recent decades while the pro-amendment camp led by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has begun to expand. Observers say the trend reflects the downfall of the Social Democratic Party, ...

Oct 1, 2014

The achievements of Takako Doi

People who respect the ideals of Takako Doi, the former head of the Social Democratic Party who died last month at 85, have a lot to learn from what she achieved and what she could not achieve in Japanese politics,

Oct 18, 2013

Revitalizing the SDP

Under its newly elected leader, the Social Democratic Party must go beyond shouting "Protect the pacifist Constitution!" if its mission is to build a more equitable Japanese society.