TOKYO (Reuters) – A new slogan adopted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and meant to show that all Japanese will benefit from economic growth is raising eyebrows among those who see it as an eerie echo of wartime propaganda.
Abe unveiled the goal of building a “Society in Which All 100 million People can be Active” after his re-election as ruling party chief late last month. He will create a new post to oversee the plan when he reshuffles his cabinet on Wednesday.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s parliament voted into law on Saturday a defense policy shift that could let troops fight overseas for the first time since 1945, a milestone in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to loosen the limits of the pacifist constitution on the military.
Abe says the shift, the biggest change in Japan’s defense policy since the creation of its post-war military in 1954, is vital to meet new challenges such as from a rising China.
TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese government began a final push on Friday to enact contentious defense legislation that could let its troops fight overseas for the first time since World War Two, despite public protests and delaying tactics by the opposition.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the policy shift, which would mark the biggest change in defense policy since the creation of Japan’s post-war military in 1954, is vital to meet new challenges such as from a rising China.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan took a step on Thursday towards enacting legislation for a policy shift that would allow troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two, part of the prime minister’s agenda to loosen the limits of a pacifist constitution.
The security policy shift, which Abe says is vital to meet challenges such as a rising China, has sparked protests and sharply eroded his popular support.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese opposition lawmakers were battling on Thursday to prevent a vote on security bills that could allow troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two, part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s agenda to ease the limits of the pacifist constitution.
The policy shift, which Abe says is vital to meet challenges such as a rising China, has sparked huge public protests and sharply eroded popular support for the premier.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Crowds of protesters rallied on Wednesday as Japan’s parliament moved close to passing bills for a defense policy change that could allow troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two, despite opposition by many ordinary voters.
Demonstrators carrying banners that read “Scrap the unconstitutional war bills” lined the street near a hotel outside Tokyo where lawmakers were to hear public comments on the bills, which the government aims to get voted into law by parliament’s upper house this week after committee approval.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and ally the United States can start making plans for a possible conflict with China after the expected enactment of defense legislation this week, but Japan will not be sending troops to back up U.S.-led operations against Islamic State.
Those two scenarios show both how far Japan will have come in loosening the constraints of its pacifist constitution on its military and how far it will remain from being a “normal nation”, unconstrained in overseas military operations by legal limits and a deeply rooted public anti-war mindset.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks set to win a rare second consecutive term but economists predict he won’t use that victory to push through bold reforms such as labor market changes that are considered vital for long-term growth.
Instead, Abe, who took office in December 2012 pledging to reboot the economy, will stick to politically palatable policies of government spending and easy money – the first and second “arrows” of his “Abenomics” recipe, economists polled by Reuters said.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Wearing shorts and a baggy T-shirt and clutching a microphone, Aki Okuda stands before a crowd, the pyramid-shaped roof of Japan’s parliament lit up against the night sky behind him.
“No War”, “Protect the Constitution”, “Abe – Quit!”, he chants in a hip-hop rhythm, echoed by the crowd.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan needs details of China’s plans for Sept 3. events to mark the anniversary of World War Two before it decides if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Beijing then for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a Japanese government source said.
China will hold a military parade to top off events marking the Sept. 3 anniversary, which its state media call the “Victory of the Chinese people’s war against Japanese aggression”.