Abe tells SDF to be vigilant after N Korea’s nuclear test

(From Kyodo) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed the Self-Defense Forces’ top brass Monday to fully implement his administration’s security legislation and give their all to addressing an “unprecedented” security situation in East Asia. Abe told senior SDF officers Japan is… Read More › sci tech news Continue reading Abe tells SDF to be vigilant after N Korea’s nuclear test

Japan’s PM emerges from green pipe dressed as Mario, accepts Olympic torch

Super Shinzo Abe dresses as iconic Italian plumber as Brazil passes baton to Japan. sci tech news Continue reading Japan’s PM emerges from green pipe dressed as Mario, accepts Olympic torch

The rise of Japan’s lady-hawks: Tokyo two talk tough

The new defense minister and Tokyo mayor are both bad news for Korea Déjà vu. That Maggie Thatcher moment, all over again. You know how it is. In case you don’t, I’ll tell you. It’s 1979. As a male sociologist… Read More ›
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Are Japan and the UK trading places?

(From The National Interest) By John Hemmings At times, British and American policymakers and academics have wondered if Japan might become the “Britain of the Far East” by playing a larger role in foreign affairs, more supportive of the liberal… Read More ›
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Japan’s conservative Nippon Kaigi lobby: Worth worrying about?

TOKYO–The recent spate of western media articles on Nippon Kaigi – a conservative Japanese lobbying group (and somewhat akin to a “Political Action Committee” in America) associated with Prime Minister Abe — suggests Japan is heading for a police state,… Read More ›
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Japan pressures China on South China Sea ruling

(From AFP) Tokyo raised pressure on Beijing at an Asia-Europe summit Saturday to respect an international tribunal’s ruling that dismissed its claims to much of the South China Sea. At a retreat outside the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, Prime Minister… Read More ›
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Abe may reshuffle cabinet, LDP leadership in early August

(From The Mainichi) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering reshuffling his Cabinet and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)’s leadership in early August, sources close to the prime minister said. Abe will speed up the implementation of his “Abenomics” economic… Read More ›
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After win, Abe calls for debate on Japan’s pacifist constitution

(From AFP) An emboldened Shinzo Abe called Monday for debate on Japan’s pacifist constitution, which he said it was his “duty” to revise after scoring a strong win in weekend elections. Voters backed the hawkish prime minister, despite a lacklustre… Read More ›
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Japan’s ruling bloc heads for hefty win in vote, but just how big?

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition looks to be headed for a comfortable victory in an election on Sunday for parliament’s upper house, despite doubts about his economic policies and his goal of revising… Read More ›
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Japan party backs use of medical marijuana, gets mixed reaction

By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan prides itself on having a low tolerance for guns and drugs, but a tiny political party has become the first to adopt an election plank of scrapping a research ban on medical use… Read More ›
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