Talking About Security

The Abe administration is now seeking enactment of security legislation that posits the possible implementation of collective self-defense by Japan and aims to enable the country to deal “seamlessly” with security challenges. Meanwhile, the Guidelines for Japan-US Defense Cooperation were recently revised for the first time in 18 years. Seventy years after the end of World War II, Japan’s security strategy is at a major turning point. What is changing, and what are the prospects for amendment of the Constitution? In this series we interview lawmakers of various stripes for their informed opinions on these issues.

Limited Exercise of Collective Self-Defense Is Not Unconstitutional

The deputy chief of Komeito, the LDP’s partner in the ruling coalition, argues that in today’s world it is not possible to seek peace for Japan alone. Kitagawa Kazuo explains that limited exercise of the right of collective self-defense is necessary and does not violate the Japanese Constitution.
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The Opposition Stance on Security Policy

Nagashima Akihisa, an expert on security issues from the Democratic Party of Japan, explains that while the top opposition party cannot go along with the security legislation proposed by the Abe administration, it does not totally reject the idea of exercising the right of collective self-defense.
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Creating “Seamless” Security Legislation for Japan

The Abe administration has drawn up security legislation aimed at dealing “seamlessly” with situations ranging from peacetime to contingencies. What will change? And how about revision of the Constitution? We interviewed Iwaya Takeshi, chair of the LDP’s Research Commission on Security.
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