National / Politics Dec 19, 2015

Abe to meet ex-Osaka Mayor Hashimoto Saturday night

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to meet with former Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on Saturday night at a Tokyo hotel, a political source said, only a day after the populist mayor left office declaring he is retiring from politics. Also set to attend the meeting ...

National / Politics Jan 15, 2015

Abe says revising Constitution is 'natural'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday it is natural for Japan to revise its Constitution, noting nearly 70 years have passed since it was drafted under the Allied Occupation. "It's hard to say the Japanese created it on their own," Abe said on a television ...

Lawyer gives Article 9 some coffee shop buzz

National May 2, 2014

Lawyer gives Article 9 some coffee shop buzz

by Mizuho Aoki

One morning in late April dozens of mothers, some with children, gathered at an Italian restaurant in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, hoping not only to dine, but also to learn what kind of future might await their children if the Constitution is amended. During the two-hour ...