National Dec 19, 2014

Japan, U.S. put off revising defense guidelines until next year

Japan and the United States said Friday they won't revise their defense cooperation guidelines until the first half of next year, keeping in step with Tokyo's efforts to legalize its use of collective self-defense. The update, originally planned for the end of this year, will ...

National / Politics Oct 21, 2014

S. Korea calls for 'transparency' in Japan's defense revision

South Korea's top security official told his Japanese counterpart Tuesday that Japan's ongoing revision of defense cooperation guidelines with the United States "should reflect neighboring countries' concerns and be carried out in a transparent way," the South Korean presidential office said. Kim Kwan-jin, chief of ...

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 Nov 28, 2013

More defense surveillance sought

The warning and surveillance capabilities of the Self-Defense Forces will be boosted to ensure security in the air and sea around Japan, according to a draft outline of new defense guidelines. The draft, released Wednesday, also says the SDF needs to beef up its ability ...