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LEGISLATION

JAPAN / Politics
Sep 17, 2015
Foes stand their ground as ruling bloc presses hard for vote on contentious security bills
The ruling bloc tried to clear a key hurdle to enact its contentious security legislation at the Upper House on Wednesday night, but the move was met with vehement protests from opposition lawmakers and thousands of angry demonstrators who gathered in a rally around the Diet building.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 16, 2015
Student protests continue quest to block security bills
Student protesters continued to cry foul over what they call "unconstitutional" security legislation Wednesday in a last-minute effort before the bills' expected Diet passage later this week.
EDITORIALS
Sep 16, 2015
Security questions go unanswered
Many of the questions and doubts about the legislation that remained from the Lower House deliberations were also never answered in the Upper House.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 31, 2015
New MSDF 'family cards' hint at expanded Japan military role abroad: journalist
The Defense Ministry is quietly but steadily preparing for what comes after the controversial security legislation is enacted ? including determining who is eligible to fight in a war, according to journalist Yu Terasawa.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 27, 2015
Students launch hunger strike to protest security bills
Sitting upright across from the Diet building, the protesters say they know their fight against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is going to take a heavy toll on them. But they say they have to do it nonetheless.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / SENTAKU MAGAZINE
Aug 26, 2015
Anti-Abe feeling grows in SDF
Sentiment against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is rising in the SDF over fears that his pending security legislation will increase the risk of going to war.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 19, 2015
Nakatani defends Joint Staff security bills document
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani admitted Wednesday that the ministry's Joint Staff Office created an internal document in late May about expanding overseas operations of the Self-Defense Forces, based on the assumption that security legislation currently under debate in the Upper House would be enacted.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 6, 2015
Senate to mull bill against hacking after recess to boost privacy, not surveillance
Senate leaders reached a deal to advance long-stalled legislation giving companies legal protections for voluntarily sharing information about hacking threats with the U.S. government and each other.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 4, 2015
LDP member under fire for belittling student protesters
A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker is in hot water over a recent tweet that branded students protesting against the Abe administration's security legislation as "self-centered" and "extremely selfish."
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 3, 2015
Abe adviser retracts remarks about security bills' constitutionality, vows not to resign
A key adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe retracts his remarks downplaying the need for the national security bills in the Upper House to be consistent with the Constitution.
EDITORIALS
Aug 2, 2015
Iraq mission and the security bills
Recently released details of a 2008 GSDF mission to the 'noncombat zone' in Iraq should be taken into account as the Upper House scrutinizes security legislation what would expand the scope of SDF missions abroad.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / BIG IN JAPAN
Aug 1, 2015
A political turning point for Japan's youth
July 15, 2015, will go down in Japanese history. As what, though? The day democracy's decline became irreversible? Or the day democracy's decline was reversed?
EDITORIALS
Jul 26, 2015
Alarmist defense white paper
By highlighting the threat posed by China, the government appears to be using the white paper to drum up public support for the Abe administration's controversial security legislation.
EDITORIALS
Jul 24, 2015
Upper House has its work cut out
The Upper House must address the questions and doubts raised in the Lower House's deliberations on the government's security legislation.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jul 16, 2015
Transgender people win legal recognition in Ireland
Transgender people in Ireland have won legal recognition of their status through the passage of a law allowing them to change their legal gender with no medical or state intervention.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 15, 2015
Protesters decry passage of 'war legislation' by Lower House committee
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Wednesday morning in front of the Diet building in Tokyo in a show of measured outrage as a Lower House special committee voted on the government's defense bills.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 10, 2015
Ishin, DPJ press ruling coalition to amend security bills ahead of Lower House vote
With passage of the government's national security bills through the Lower House coming into sight, deliberations on counterproposals submitted by the two largest opposition parties kicked off Friday at a special Lower House committee, in parallel with the state-sponsored legislation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 8, 2015
Ruling bloc restates intention to plow security bills through Diet
The political storm over the government's security bills is intensifying as the ruling bloc restates its plan to ram the bills through the Lower House as early as next week.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 22, 2015
Diet session extended through September as Abe aims to pass contentious security bills
Abe and Komeito's leader decide to extend the Diet session by the most days in postwar history in a bid to enact the controversial security bills.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 22, 2015
Two former heads of legislation bureau blast security bills
In a blow to Abe's security reform bills, two former heads of the government bureau responsible for interpreting the pacifist Constitution criticize the proposed legislation — with one slamming them as unconstitutional.

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