Tweak the Constitution now, think later?

Issues | THE FOREIGN ELEMENT Jun 25, 2013

Tweak the Constitution now, think later?

by Colin P.A. Jones

Whether it happens or not depends heavily on the results of the upcoming House of Councilors elections, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has clearly announced his intention to make amending the Constitution a campaign issue. Although his Liberal Democratic Party issued a comprehensive amendment proposal ...

MSDF to join drill in Gulf of Aden

National / Politics Jun 22, 2013

MSDF to join drill in Gulf of Aden

The administration has reportedly decided that one of the two Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels patrolling against pirates off Somalia will join a combined drill involving the United States and other countries.

Editorials Jun 1, 2013

Japan's cyber security strategy

The government's efforts to adopt a cyber security strategy deserve praise as long as the constitutional protection of communications privacy is not undermined.

Ishin leaders, Abe meet on revising Constitution

National / Politics Apr 11, 2013

Ishin leaders, Abe meet on revising Constitution

by Eric Johnston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Tuesday evening in Tokyo with top Osaka-based Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) officials Toru Hashimoto and Ichiro Matsui to discuss cooperation on amending the Constitution. Hashimoto, who, along with Lower House member Shintaro Ishihara, serves as coleader of ...

Editorials Apr 4, 2013

Japan Restoration Party platform

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) flies dangerous colors at its first party convention, calling for constitutional revision of the no-war principle.