Tag - collective-self-defense



Japan Times
Oct 5, 2022
North Korean missiles targeting U.S. could be shot down by Japan
If a missile like the one fired Tuesday, capable of reaching Guam, had been headed for U.S. territory, Japan could have downed it citing the right to collective self-defense.
Japan Times
Nov 16, 2021
Tokyo and Canberra quietly reach a major security milestone
Japan and Australia reached a major milestone in their security relationship when, for the first time ever, the SDF executed an 'asset protection' mission with a non-U.S. military unit.
Japan Times
Jul 28, 2021
Japan’s newfound boldness on defending Taiwan
Japan's increasing concern with China's intimidation of its neighbors has triggered a shift toward a greater willingness to publicly align its national interests with the security of Taiwan.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2020
China asks Japan to maintain 'exclusively defense-oriented' policy
China on Wednesday asked Japan to maintain its "exclusively defense-oriented" policy under the war-renouncing Constitution, as some Japanese ruling lawmakers have called for Tokyo to acquire the ability to attack foreign bases.
Japan Times
Sep 23, 2017
In Japan under Shinzo Abe, more power to the PM, but to what end?
In his final Counterpoint column, Jeff Kingston considers where Japan is heading under scandal-hit Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Oct 18, 2016
SDF's expanding missions
Lawmakers in the Diet should once again scrutinize how far the administration intends to expand the SDF's overseas missions under Abe's call for 'proactive contribution to peace' and how that should be controlled.
Japan Times
Sep 14, 2016
Japan's new defense chief to visit U.S., South Sudan
Defense Minister Tomomi Inada will visit the United States to hold talks with her U.S. counterpart Ashton Carter on Thursday, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
Mar 29, 2016
Security legislation takes effect
Japan's postwar defense posture underwent a major change this week as new security legislation took effect, but how the government plans to implement the laws remains unclear.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 8, 2016
Tokyo court rejects retrial bid over 1959 ruling that U.S. military's presence in Japan is constitutional
The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday dismissed a retrial request over a 1959 Supreme Court ruling that found the U.S. military's presence in Japan constitutional.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 1, 2016
Abe cites need for Japan to fully exercise right to collective self-defense
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggests that the Constitution should be amended to give Japan the power to fully exercise the right to collective self-defense.
Feb 25, 2016
Supreme Court, Abe battle over judicial independence
The Supreme Court is locked in a war with the Abe administration over the independence of the judicial branch.
Oct 30, 2015
Japanese pacifism is not the moral choice
Only in Japan is unilateral pacifism considered viable, but in a world of new threats a policy of sympathetic indifference is morally questionable.
Oct 30, 2015
Gauging Abe's 'proactive contributions to peace'
While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has talked a good game about Japan playing a bigger international role, his track record so far shows little has changed.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 19, 2015
Expanding SDF's role in South Sudan likely to wait until late 2016
The Abe administration is considering waiting until November 2016 or later to expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces in the U.N. peacekeeping operation in South Sudan under the controversial security legislation passed last month, according to a government source.
Japan Times
Oct 15, 2015
The Abe government versus the Emperor on history issues
Shinzo Abe and the Foreign Ministry have been mincing words when it comes to Japan's war responsibility, in stark contrast with Emperor Akihito's forthright statements of remorse and apology.
Oct 6, 2015
Legislation Bureau misconduct
The Cabinet Legislation Bureau's failure to keep records of its internal discussions leading up to the Abe administration's reinterpretation of Article 9 only deepens suspicions about the legal legitimacy of the Cabinet decision and the subsequent security legislation.
Sep 29, 2015
Tough challenge awaits both ruling and opposition parties
The Liberal Democratic Party badly needs a course correction, but the lack of internal opposition to Shinzo Abe makes this nearly impossible.
Sep 28, 2015
China's Japan-bashing: Is there any hope for goodwill?
As China regularly whips itself up into frenzy over Japan, it is easy to forget that the anti-Japanese sentiment is only a recent phenomenon.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 20, 2015
Foes of security laws eager to sue government, punish ruling bloc in Upper House election
The public's division over the defense bills is likely to remain and could undermine confidence in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government.
Japan Times
Sep 19, 2015
Policy hurdles remain despite passage of new security laws
Ignoring protests from furious voters and opposition lawmakers, the ruling camp led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has enacted two divisive security laws, marking a significant departure from Japan's postwar pacifism.


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