Oct 2, 2016

Government to seek Diet approval for deal to arm U.S. troops

The government is getting ready to ask the Diet to approve revisions to an agreement on logistics-sharing with the U.S. military, according to sources. The move comes after Tokyo and Washington signed the revised Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement, or ACSA, on Sept. 26. The changes will ...

SEALDs members' next step — launching a think tank

Dec 15, 2015

SEALDs members' next step — launching a think tank

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Members of the student group that ignited a massive wave of youth protests last summer against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security bills are embarking on a new project. Six members of Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy (SEALDs) have announced the launch of a think ...

Yasukuni recognition sought for fallen brother

Aug 2, 2015

Yasukuni recognition sought for fallen brother

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Amid growing controversy over moves by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration toward allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, an 88-year-old man wants people to know the story of his younger brother, who he says is the only Japanese man killed serving ...

Ex-Taiwan President Lee backs Abe's security bills

/ Jul 23, 2015

Ex-Taiwan President Lee backs Abe's security bills

Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui said Thursday he supports Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security bills aimed at expanding the Self-Defense Forces' operations overseas, calling it a step toward ensuring peace in Asia and the world. "I have a positive view about the security legislation being ...

Getting to the heart of Abe's vision for Japan's military

| May 19, 2014

Getting to the heart of Abe's vision for Japan's military

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The hottest buzzwords in politics these days are "the right of collective self-defense," now that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's advisory panel on security has released its much-awaited recommendations for reinterpreting the Constitution. The Japanese people have been engaged in heated debate as Abe works eagerly ...