TOKYO, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Tokyo’s consumption of nuclear
power is “selfish” and unsustainable since the Japanese capital
hosts no nuclear reactors, former prime minister Morihiro
Hosokawa said on Tuesday, questioning the government’s energy
Hosokawa, who is running for Tokyo governor on a plank to
scrap nuclear power, is billing the Feb. 9 vote as a referendum
on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to restart reactors
halted after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe compared current tensions between Japan and China to rivalry between Britain and Germany on the eve of World War One, but his top spokesman denied the Japanese leader meant war between Asia’s two big powers was possible.
Sino-Japanese ties, long plagued by what Beijing sees as Japan’s failure to atone for its occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 1940s, have worsened recently due to a territorial row, Tokyo’s mistrust of Beijing’s military buildup and Abe’s December visit to a shrine that critics say glorifies Japan’s wartime past.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Former Japanese premier Morihiro Hosokawa pledged on Wednesday to push the nation to abandon nuclear power if elected governor of Tokyo next month in a race that could affect Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s energy policy and political clout.
Hosokawa, 76, backed by charismatic former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, is billing the February 9 vote as a referendum on Abe’s efforts to restart reactors taken offline after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and to make atomic energy a key power source.
NARASHINO, Japan (Reuters) – Japan on Sunday joined the United States in criticising China’s new fishing restrictions in the South China Sea, saying the curbs, coupled with the launch last year of an air defence zone, has left the international community jittery.
Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera made the comment after observing the Japanese Self-Defence Forces’ elite airborne brigade conducting airdrop drills designed to hone their skills to defend and retake remote islands.
TOKYO (Reuters) – The governor of Japan’s Okinawa on Friday approved a controversial plan to relocate a U.S. air base to a less populous part of the southern island, but said he would keep pressing to move the base off the island altogether.
The nod from Okinawa, long a reluctant host to the bulk of U.S. military forces in Japan, is an achievement for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has promised a more robust military and tighter security ties with the United States amid escalating tension with China.
TOKYO, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Japan’s defence budget will grow
2.2 percent in the next fiscal year from April, Defence Minister
Itsunori Onodera said on Friday, posting the biggest rise in
nearly two decades.
The budget increase comes as tension between Japan and China
simmers over tiny islands they both claim.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will boost its military spending in coming years, buying early-warning planes, beach-assault vehicles and troop-carrying aircraft, while seeking closer ties with Asian partners to counter a more militarily assertive China.
The planned 2.6 percent increase over five years, announced on Tuesday, reverses a decade of decline and marks the clearest sign since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office a year ago that he wants a bigger military role for Japan as tension flares with Asia’s other big power over islands both claim.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and Southeast Asian countries called on Saturday for freedom of the air and sea and urged that disputes be resolved peacefully, amid concerns about Chinese military assertiveness that has raised regional tensions.
China’s recent announcement of an air defense zone that covers islands in the East China Sea, which are controlled by Tokyo but also claimed by Beijing, triggered protests from Japan, United States and South Korea.
TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Japan will set up a new amphibious
military unit and deploy unarmed surveillance drones in its
southwest, where it faces a row with China over disputed
islands, according to drafts of the nation’s latest defence
plans seen on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the defence policy review
after returning to office last December, pledging to strengthen
the military and boost Japan’s global security role.
TOKYO, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Japan enacted a state-secrets law
toughening penalties for leaks on Friday, despite public
protests and criticism that it will muzzle the media and help
cover up official misdeeds.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, keen to beef up Japan’s security
amid rising concerns about China’s military assertiveness, has
said the law is needed to the smooth operation of a new National
Securities Council and to persuade foreign countries such as
close ally the United States to share intelligence.