Aug 4, 2016

Abe's pick of nationalistic Inada as defense chief riles China

China’s state-run media has slammed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s choice of right-leaning nationalist Tomomi Inada as the country’s new defense minister. China Central Television said on Wednesday the appointment showed “how Japan’s security policy is swinging all the more to the right,” urging heightened ...

Dec 29, 2015

South Korean indicted over blast at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine

Tokyo prosecutors have indicted a South Korean man for trespassing at Yasukuni Shrine in late November when a small explosion occurred there. Chon Chang-han, 27, allegedly entered the shrine’s grounds with unlawful intent on the morning of Nov. 23. The blast occurred in a ...

Mar 24, 2015

Wartime slogan should stay buried

The silence of the Abe administration on a the use of the phrase "Hakko Ichiu" by an LDP lawmaker will only serve to raise suspicions about its attitude toward Japan's militaristic past.