Constitution revision vital: Abe adviser

National May 11, 2014

Constitution revision vital: Abe adviser

by Linda Sieg

The idea that Japan can improve its security without dropping a long-standing ban on aiding friendly countries under attack is a miracle that just won't happen, the acting head of an advisory panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Abe has made clear that he ...

National May 8, 2014

SDF may get nod to supply aid in combat zones

Japan may expand the Self-Defense Forces' scope of permitted activities abroad to include refueling and medical support for U.N.-endorsed multinational forces engaged in combat, government and ruling party sources said Wednesday. Such a major overhaul would signify a clear break from the government's long-held stance ...

Defensive realignment with U.S. a balancing act for Abe

National Apr 22, 2014

Defensive realignment with U.S. a balancing act for Abe

by Ayako Mie

For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, exercising the right to collective self-defense will help Japan become what he calls a "normal" country on a more equal footing with the United States. His push comes as Japan and the U.S. are scheduled to revise their defense guidelines ...

National Apr 6, 2014

SDF may acquire global reach: Ishiba

Japan could exercise the right of collective self-defense "on the other side of the globe" if national security required it, said Shigeru Ishiba, the Liberal Democratic Party's No. 2 official. "Basically we don't expect we will go to the other side of the globe," Ishiba, ...

Editorials Feb 21, 2014

Abe guts constitutional government

People should realize that Japan's prime minister has a shallow understanding of constitutional government. Shinzo Abe thinks he is the "highest responsible person" for interpreting Japan's right to a collective self-defense, and that's dangerous.

Editorials Jan 27, 2014

Abe's dangerous path

Efforts must be made to stop Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's effort to drag the nation down a dangerous path in the fields of foreign policy and energy policy.

National Aug 22, 2013

State takes rare swing at new Supreme Court justice

In a rare move, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga criticized a new Supreme Court justice Wednesday for appearing to express reservations about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to reinterpret the Constitution. "I feel great discomfort," Suga said after Justice Tsuneyuki Yamamoto appeared to suggest Abe ...