Murayama warns of 'crisis' over security bills

National / Politics Jul 29, 2015

Murayama warns of 'crisis' over security bills

by Masaaki Kameda

Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Wednesday "a sense of crisis" drove him to join protesters outside the Diet who were rallying against legislation that would overhaul the country's security policies. Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, the 91-year-old expressed concern about the ...

Editorials Mar 1, 2015

Abe's choice of words

What Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may say in a statement he plans to make this summer to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has become a politically charged subject of speculation.

Editorials Mar 7, 2014

Don't reopen old wounds

If the Abe administration tries to weaken or scrap the 1993 "Kono statement," the perception is likely to strengthen in the international community that it is bent on whitewashing Japan's wartime behavior and, even today, lacks respect for the honor and dignity of women.

National Jul 4, 2013

Abe aside, war apology stands: Suga

by Ayako Mie

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Thursday reaffirmed that the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upholds the position set out by the 1995 apology issued by then-Prime Minister Tomiichii Murayama, which admits that Japan waged wars of aggression. "Prime Minister Abe's comment yesterday is ...