National Sep 5, 2015

New criteria in works for granting refugee status

The government is considering adding new criteria to its process for recognizing refugees, including fear of persecution over gender, a source said Saturday. However, it remains to be seen whether the change will boost the number of those granted refugee status in Japan. Although a ...

National May 28, 2015

Guidelines eyed for drone operators recording video in residential areas

The government is drafting guidelines to prevent videos shot by drones flying in residential areas from infringing on people's privacy when posted online, the communications ministry said Thursday. While drones have been increasingly used at construction sites and in disaster areas, people are increasingly buying ...

National / Politics Oct 23, 2014

Defense guideline revamp faces delay until April, U.S. says

A senior U.S. government official has suggested that the U.S. and Japanese governments may postpone finalizing new defense cooperation guidelines until next April, months after the current year-end deadline. The official said the U.S. military sees the need for further consultation between Tokyo and Washington ...

National / Politics Mar 29, 2013

Defense institute seeks integrated efforts with U.S.

by Ayako Mie

Amid the changing security situation in East Asia, Japan should be equipped with more flexible and integrated defense capabilities and enhanced coordination among the Self-Defense Forces, the Japan Coast Guard and the U.S. military, according to the 2013 East Asian Strategic Review released Friday. The ...