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SECURITY LEGISLATION

Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 26, 2018
Proposed Kibo no To policy criticizes Abe-backed security laws, but conservative members may balk
The leadership of Kibo no To (Party of Hope) on Friday proposed to rank-and-file members that the opposition party strongly criticize the controversial 2015 security laws pushed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a senior member and media reports said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 15, 2016
Media shown SDF drills simulating protection of Japanese citizens abroad
The Self-Defense Forces on Thursday partially opened to the media for the first time ongoing exercises aimed at being ready to protect Japanese citizens overseas.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 7, 2016
SDF personnel, U.S. military carry out first joint exercise reflecting new security law
Personnel from Japan and the United States begin rescue exercises near a small island off the east coast of Okinawa Island.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 20, 2016
A year after passing historic legislation, Japan explores new roles for its troops
A year after Japan enacted legislation that lets it play a more muscular role in global security, the Self-Defense Forces are now in training for potential new missions.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / DECISION 2016
Jul 6, 2016
A ruling bloc win in Sunday's poll puts Constitution in crosshairs
Keiko Hirai was surprised to see a letter addressed to her and her husband from the Self-Defense Forces, urging their 15-year-old son to enroll in a special high school run by the Ground Self-Defense Force after graduating from junior high.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 9, 2016
800 Osaka, Nagasaki residents sue over security laws
More than 800 people, including atomic bomb survivors, launched legal action against the government this week over controversial security laws they believe threaten their right to live in peace.
JAPAN / Politics
May 1, 2016
Joint drills with expanded SDF role are postponed until after Upper House election
The government has decided to postpone drills with foreign troops, based on security legislation that expanded the activities of the Self-Defense Forces, until after the Upper House election this summer, sources close to the matter said Sunday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 22, 2016
SDF officers tussle with civil servants for bigger role in drafting next three-year operation plan
In a power struggle with civilian bureaucrats in the Defense Ministry, senior Self-Defense Forces officers are demanding a bigger role in drafting the next overall operation plan.
JAPAN
Feb 9, 2016
Japan extends peacekeeping mission in South Sudan through October
The Cabinet gave its blessing Tuesday to an extension of the Self-Defense Forces' peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by eight months until the end of October.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 21, 2016
Japan can deploy its strengths in many ways in peacekeeping missions, U.N. official says
The head of the United Nations Department of Field Support has said he welcomes Tokyo's efforts to enhance the security of peacekeepers on missions abroad. Former Indian diplomat Atul Khare, who assumed the U.N. role last year, was speaking ahead of a visit to Japan that began Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 21, 2015
Lawyers to challenge constitutionality of security laws
A group of legal experts will file lawsuits with district courts across the country, arguing that the newly enacted security laws violate the Constitution.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 13, 2015
Former Mie Prefecture mayor to challenge constitutionality of new security law
The former mayor of Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture, said Sunday more than 750 people have agreed to join a collective lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the nation's security legislation.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 4, 2015
Japan's defense budget likely to top ¥5 trillion for first time
Japan's defense budget for the next fiscal year is likely to top ¥5 trillion ($40 billion) for the first time, government sources said, as the military prepares for an expanded role under new security legislation.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 16, 2015
Security legislation promises more than it can deliver
Japan's new security legislation will do little to deter China or North Korea, and the SDF is not large or strong enough to turn the tides of war in international peacekeeping and possible U.S.-led war efforts.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 29, 2015
South Korea urges transparency in Japan's new security policy
South Korean President Park Geun-hye urged Japan on Monday to share information with its neighbors about its new security policies.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 25, 2015
Supporters demand security bill protesters be released following 'unjust arrests'
Supporters of protesters who were arrested for obstruction of justice during a rally against the government's security legislation demanded Friday that they be released immediately and decried their "unjust arrest."
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 22, 2015
SDF role in South Sudan to expand in May under new security laws
The government is getting ready to expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces mission in South Sudan as early as May under the security legislation enacted last week.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 22, 2015
Commenting on security bills, Niigata Bar Association goes short but sweet
This isn't right.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Sep 19, 2015
Policy hurdles remain despite passage of new security laws
Ignoring protests from furious voters and opposition lawmakers, the ruling camp led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has enacted two divisive security laws, marking a significant departure from Japan's postwar pacifism.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 19, 2015
Japan's defense shift is hailed, but weaknesses will remain: experts
Passage of security bills satisfies the U.S. desire for Japan to be more of a regional military player, will strengthen defense cooperation with other countries.

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