Protesters crowd Diet ahead of security bills' passage

National / Politics Sep 18, 2015

Protesters crowd Diet ahead of security bills' passage

Tens of thousands of citizens opposed to the Abe administration’s security bills protested at the Diet on Friday as opposition lawmakers made a failed last-minute bid to prevent the enactment of laws that would allow Japanese troops to fight overseas for the first time ...

National / Politics Sep 15, 2015

Security bills won't allow for Hormuz minesweeping, Abe says

The administration does not view minesweeping operations in the Strait of Hormuz as one of the possible actions that the Self-Defense Forces would carry out if the national security bills are enacted, according to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "Considering the current international circumstances, we are ...

Editorials Sep 10, 2015

Dubious peacekeeping law revision

Proposed revisions to the United Nations peacekeeping law contained in the security bills now in the Diet contain serious ramifications for the Self-Defense Forces.