Tag - legislation



Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 20, 2015
15,000 female demonstrators form chain around Diet building in protest at security bills
Some 15,000 female demonstrators rallied Saturday in Tokyo to protest security bills that would expand the scope of overseas operations by the Self-Defense Forces.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 20, 2015
Ishin no To tries to quell bickering over lawmakers' alternative security bills
More than 30 members of Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) gathered in Osaka on Saturday to hash out differences in opinions over three security bills proposed by the party's Diet members.
Jun 17, 2015
Stop dodging key security questions
The government and the ruling bloc should reflect on why public understanding of its security bills remain elusive.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 15, 2015
Speculation swirls over result of Abe-Hashimoto meeting
Speculation is swirling among the politically well-connected that Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto may have agreed to help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pass contentious security legislation when the two met in Tokyo on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 10, 2015
Government defends security legislation after experts assail it as unconstitutional
The Abe government countered on Wednesday an assessment by three respected scholars that two security bills it has tabled are unconstitutional.
Jun 9, 2015
Legal doubts over security bills
The Abe administration must address key questions if it's serious about winning the public's support and understanding of its security legislation.
Japan Times
May 28, 2015
Abe says Constitution would rule out full-scale invasion, but 'exceptions' are unclear
As debate rages in the Diet over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security bills, the opposition has identified a key question: Could Japan use force on foreign territory to support the U.S.?
JAPAN / Politics
May 27, 2015
Abe lays out scenarios for SDF dispatch if security bills pass
If contentious security reform bills are enacted by the Diet, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japanese forces could hypothetically be dispatched to mine-sweeping operations in the Strait of Hormuz.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 1, 2015
DPJ vows at convention to hold firm against Abe's security legislation
The Democratic Party of Japan pledged to stand firm against the government's security legislation in the Diet as it held its party convention in Tokyo on Sunday.
Jan 16, 2015
Legislation eyed to enable probe of auto parts makers
The government is eyeing a law revision giving the transport ministry powerful authority over auto parts makers in the wake of the issue of defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., sources said Thursday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Dec 15, 2014
Texas lawmakers put new gun rights laws in their sights
Several proposed new gun laws await the new Texas legislature when it opens next month, including one to allow open carrying of handguns in public and another providing a sales tax holiday for firearms purchases.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2014
Dealers hedge their bets on Abe's casino plan
For trainee dealer Taichi Yahagi, the odds of making a better living turning cards at a baccarat table in Tokyo are looking up.
Jun 14, 2014
Activists seek end to sexual violence
A citizens' group campaigning to end sexual violence will present draft legislation containing comprehensive countermeasures at a Tokyo symposium on Sunday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 16, 2014
Abe's man in Cabinet law office steps down
Prime Minister Abe suffers a potential setback as Ichiro Komatsu, the first unilaterally appointed chief of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, which interprets the Constitution, resigns.
Apr 6, 2014
Law eyed to freeze 'terrorist' assets
Japan mulls new legislation that would allow it to freeze the assets of people it deems terrorists to improve security for the 2020 Olympics.
Japan Times
Nov 20, 2013
For 'no war' Article 9, any reinterpretation will do
Since the conclusion of the Article 9 debate — that it permits Japan to participate in collective security efforts — is already known, all that is really called for is some kind of excuse that the public can give the nod to before returning to their smartphones.
Sep 23, 2013
Art of national self-appraisal
Legislative activity in Moscow has been on the rise of late as Russia's parliament issues one new law after another — many of them antidemocratic and anti-American.
Japan Times
Sep 2, 2013
Legislation bureau chief Abe's window to collective defense
The appointment of Ichiro Komatsu as director general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau is a step toward Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's goal of reinterpreting the Constitution so Japan can engage in collective self-defense.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 20, 2013
New legislation bureau head eager to discuss collective self-defense
The new head of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau said Monday he is eager to discuss rethinking the government's current interpretation of the war-renouncing Constitution.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 8, 2013
Komatsu posting sets stage for reinterpretation
Ambassador to France Ichiro Komatsu is installed as the new head of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, paving the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to challenge the government's interpretation of the Constitution.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on