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Dec 14, 2014

Abe coalition secures big Japan election win with record low turnout

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition cruised to a big election win on Sunday, ensuring he will stick to reflationary economic policies and a muscular security stance, but record low turnout pointed to broad dissatisfaction with his performance.

NHK public TV said Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and junior partner the Komeito party were assured more than the 317 seats in the 475-member lower house required to maintain a two-thirds “super-majority” that smoothes parliamentary business.

Oct 8, 2014

U.S., Japan eye closer security ties in Japan defense pact update

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and the United States agreed on Wednesday to map out how they will work together if Tokyo needs to use force to help protect a friendly country under attack, as they update defense cooperation guidelines for the first time in nearly two decades.

The development follows Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s historic step away from Japan’s post-war pacifism in July, when the Japanese government reinterpreted pacifist Article 9 of the constitution to end a ban that has kept its military from fighting abroad.

Sep 1, 2014

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties during summit

TOKYO, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Japan and India agreed on Monday
to strengthen strategic ties as Asia’s second and third biggest
economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and said they would
accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft
to India’s navy.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian
counterpart Narendra Modi also agreed to speed up talks on a
so-far elusive deal on nuclear energy cooperation, welcoming
what they called “significant progress” in the negotiations.

Sep 1, 2014

Japan and India agree to boost strategic ties at summit

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen strategic ties as Asia’s second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and agreed to accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India’s navy.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi also agreed to speed up talks on a so-far elusive deal on nuclear energy cooperation.

Aug 29, 2014

With eye on China, Japan defence planners seek spending boost

TOKYO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Japan’s defence planners are
seeking their biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year to
pay for stealth fighters, drones and a hi-tech submarine, as
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bolsters the military amid an
intensifying rivalry with China.

The Defense Ministry on Friday requested a 3.5 percent
increase to 5.05 trillion yen ($48.7 billion) for the year
starting next April. If approved, this third increase in a row
will more than reverse the decade of cuts that Abe ended after
coming to office in December 2012.

Aug 29, 2014

Japan defense budget request highest ever as Abe boosts military

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s defense planners are seeking its biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year, including a bulk order of patrol planes and a stealthier submarine, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bolsters the military in the face of a territorial spat with China and North Korea’s nuclear program.

The Defense Ministry on Friday requested a 3.5 percent increase to 5.05 trillion yen ($48.7 billion) for the year starting next April. If approved, this third increase in a row will more than reverse the decade of cuts that Abe ended after coming to office in December 2012.

Aug 18, 2014

Japan checking whether citizen captured by Islamic State in Syria

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is investigating information that one of its citizens has been captured in northern Syria by the Islamic State militant group, the foreign ministry said, as evidence emerged that the captured man appeared to be a self-styled security contractor.

A video clip posted on YouTube showed a T-shirt clad man lying on the ground being questioned by unidentified persons and responding that he was Japanese and that his name was Haruna Yukawa. He also said he was part-journalist, part doctor.

Aug 18, 2014

Japan has information one of its nationals is being held by Islamic State in Syria

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan has received information that one of its citizens has been captured in northern Syria by the Islamic State militant group, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

A video clip posted on YouTube showed a T-shirt clad man lying on the ground being questioned by unidentified persons and responding that he was Japanese and his name was Haruna Yukawa. He also said he was part-journalist, part-doctor.

Aug 14, 2014

Aged Japan veterans voice concerns about military policy shift

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokuro Inokuma, a former Imperial Japanese Army soldier, got his first taste of the horrors of war in 1945 when he scrambled to gather up the scattered limbs of his fellow servicemen, blown apart by a U.S. air raid in Japan. He was 16.

One of a dwindling number of World War Two veterans, Inokuma now finds troubling echoes in Tokyo’s policy shift away from the pacifist ideals adhered to after 1945.

Aug 5, 2014

Japan’s security fears grow as neighbors build up arms

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan finds itself surrounded by a worsening security environment as North Korea pushes forward with missile development and China and Russia step up military activity in the region, Japan’s Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

The ministry’s annual white paper comes after intermittent testing by North Korea of ballistic missiles in defiance of a U.N. ban, and a record number of scrambles by Japanese fighter jets in April-June due to increased flights by Chinese and Russian planes close to Japan’s air space.