New Komeito (JP)

Type: Organization
Name: New Komeito (JP) (Komeito, New Komeito)
First reported Jul 17 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 1 reports

Japan: Not quite so invincible

THE mood until now in Japan’s longest-serving cabinet in memory has been one of swelling self-assurance. After all, nearly everything has gone right for Shinzo Abe, the prime minister—from his own restored health to his ministers’ avoidance of Japanese ... [Published ACQ Magazine - Jul 17 2014]
First reported Jul 17 2014 - Updated Jul 17 2014 - 1 reports

Japan outlines rules on state secrets before info law takes effect

Government secrets will be kept to a minimum and disclosed as quickly as possible, the Abe administration vowed Thursday in an outline of new rules for designating and disclosing “special secrets” under the controversial secrecy law.The law caused a public ... [Published Japan Times - Jul 17 2014]
First reported Jul 16 2014 - Updated Jul 16 2014 - 1 reports

Japan’s Constitutional Re-Interpretation II: The Domestic Front

Last week, we ran a post on how North Korean threats were used by Prime Minister Abe to justify his re-interpretation of the Article IX constraints on Japan’s pursuit of collective self-defense (CSD). Today, we probe the domestic politics of the Abe government’s ... [Published Peterson Institute for International Economics - Jul 16 2014]
First reported Jul 15 2014 - Updated Jul 16 2014 - 1 reports

Pyongyang abductee probe stirs speculation of early Japan poll

TOKYO (Reuters) - As Japan presses North Korea for information on the fate of Japanese citizens abducted decades ago, speculation is simmering that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could use a possible breakthrough on the emotive issue to call a snap elect ... [Published Morning Call - Jul 15 2014]
First reported Jul 15 2014 - Updated Jul 16 2014 - 2 reports

Abe eyes fixed law for SDF overseas

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday his administration will consider creating a permanent law allowing dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces overseas, a comment that could lead to a further rift between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior ... [Published Japan Times - Jul 15 2014]
First reported Jul 15 2014 - Updated Jul 15 2014 - 1 reports

Japan mulls permanent law to legalize SDF dispatch: Abe

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he will consider creating a permanent law to dispatch Japan's armed troops overseas, after Tokyo reinterpreted the pacifist Constitution to expand their role."We'd like to consider in detail what ... [Published Nikkei Asian Review - Jul 15 2014]
First reported Jul 14 2014 - Updated Jul 14 2014 - 2 reports

Gubernatorial defeat hints at weak regional support for LDP policies

TOKYO -- A candidate backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party was defeated Sunday in Shiga Prefecture's gubernatorial election, heightening concerns about weak support in more rural areas for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic and national security ... [Published Nikkei Asian Review - Jul 14 2014]
First reported Jul 01 2014 - Updated Jul 02 2014 - 2 reports

Going solo no option for Abe's skittish sidekick

TOKYO -- Why would the leadership of New Komeito, which calls itself the "party of peace," concede to a broadening of Japan's defense powers that many of its own members and supporters -- and, as a Nikkei poll found, lots of Japanese -- oppose?First, ... [Published Nikkei Asian Review - Jul 02 2014]
First reported Jul 01 2014 - Updated Jul 01 2014 - 10 reports

China Plays Good-Cop-Bad-Cop with Japan

As Clint reported earlier today, Shinzo Abe’s LDP has succeeded in reaching an agreement with New Komeito to lift the ban on Japan’s ability to engage in collective self-defense. China has been vocal in opposing any moves that give Tokyo more freedom ... [Published RealClearWorld - Jul 01 2014]
First reported Jun 30 2014 - Updated Jul 01 2014 - 13 reports

Japan's Cabinet expands scope for military action

For a nation that is famously slow to take to the streets in protest, two demonstrations of public anger at the government's plans to reinterpret the terms of the constitution have shaken Japan.In the evening on June 30, more than 10,000 protestors gathered ... [Published Deutsche Welle - Jul 01 2014]
First reported Jun 28 2014 - Updated Jun 29 2014 - 3 reports

Rushing on collective self-defense

Talks between the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to reinterpret the Constitution to enable Japan to engage in collective self-defense have bordered on rhetorical maneuvers to make it appear as if the change ... [Published Japan Times - Jun 29 2014]
First reported Jun 26 2014 - Updated Jun 27 2014 - 3 reports

Collective defense deal near

The ruling coalition came close to agreement Friday on three new standards under which the Self-Defense Forces could use force in circumstances other than when Japan is under direct attack.Amid heated debate on whether the government, rather than the ... [Published Japan Times - Jun 27 2014]

Quotes

...When asked during his victory interview what message he thought had resonated most with the voters, Mikazuki responded, "I think that appealing to the feelings of individual voters, their feelings for their daily lives, for Lake Biwa, for the future of our children, for grassroots politics in Shiga prefecture, and urging them all to work together with us to create a better Shiga, was what enabled me to gain the support of many people."
He said, "In order to maintain a peaceful and stable security environment, Japan should push forward dialogue with China, enhancing cooperation with South Korea and America."
...to come up with such a scenario, but I don't think it is likely," said Katsuhiko Nakamura, executive director of the Asian Forum Japan think tank. "I don't think Prime Minister Abe intends to use that sort of trick to extend his political life."
"We'd like to consider in detail what form it should take, a permanent or special law. We need to have thorough consultations and coordinate with the ruling coalition" Abe told the upper house Budget Committee

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Selective consumption tax weighed [Published Japan Times - Jul 21 2014]
Former DPJ Diet member Mikazuki wins Shiga gube... [Published Noodls - Jul 18 2014]
Japan: Not quite so invincible [Published ACQ Magazine - Jul 17 2014]
Japan outlines rules on state secrets before in... [Published Japan Times - Jul 17 2014]
Japan’s Constitutional Re-Interpretation II: Th... [Published Peterson Institute for International Economics - Jul 16 2014]
It's Abe who worsens Japan's security environme... [Published Xinhua News Agency - Jul 15 2014]
Abe eyes fixed law for SDF overseas [Published Japan Times - Jul 15 2014]
The blowback from Shiga [Published Japan Times - Jul 15 2014]
Pyongyang abductee probe stirs speculation of e... [Published Morning Call - Jul 15 2014]
Japan mulls permanent law to legalize SDF dispa... [Published Nikkei Asian Review - Jul 15 2014]
Gubernatorial defeat hints at weak regional sup... [Published Nikkei Asian Review - Jul 14 2014]
Abe proposes new safeguards for use of force [Published Nikkei Asian Review - Jul 14 2014]
Shiga election results highlight complacency in... [Published The Japan News - Jul 14 2014]
Japan in Depth / LDP-backed candidate loses Shi... [Published The Japan News - Jul 14 2014]
Minesweeping in Mideast ‘OK under changes’ [Published Japan Times - Jul 14 2014]
Abe-Backed Candidate Loses Local Election After... [Published Bloomberg - Jul 14 2014]
Former DPJ lawmaker wins Shiga gubernatorial race [Published NHK - Jul 14 2014]
LDP candidate flounders in Shiga gubernatorial ... [Published Japan Times - Jul 13 2014]
Japanese Cabinet Proposes a Reinterpretation of... [Published NDTV - Jul 12 2014]
Constitutional Re-Interpretation in Japan: the ... [Published Peterson Institute for International Economics - Jul 11 2014]
Abemaniac [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Jul 09 2014]
Disturbing SDF recruiting drive [Published Japan Times - Jul 09 2014]
The problem with change is Abe [Published Japan Times - Jul 09 2014]
Japan Coalition Leader Sees Abe Refraining From... [Published WSJ.com: Korea Real Time - Jul 08 2014]
Q&A: Coalition Leader Sees Abe Refraining From ... [Published WSJ.com: Japan Real Time - Jul 08 2014]
Abe vows to work with coalition partner on defe... [Published Nikkei Asian Review - Jul 07 2014]
Getting multiple tax rates to fly [Published Japan Times - Jul 07 2014]
Shinjuku self-immolation act protests Abe's dem... [Published Japan Times - Jul 05 2014]
Measures considered to support N.Korea returnees [Published NHK - Jul 05 2014]
News Analysis: Military recasting may change gl... [Published China.org.cn - Jul 04 2014]
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Japan Coalition Leader Sees Abe Refraining From... [Published WSJ.com: Korea Real Time - Jul 08 2014]
Kazuo Kitagawa of New Komeito, the junior party in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition, speaks about Japan's new defense role and Mr. Abe's Yasukuni Shrine visits. ...
Q&A: Coalition Leader Sees Abe Refraining From ... [Published WSJ.com: Japan Real Time - Jul 08 2014]
Kazuo Kitagawa of New Komeito, the junior party in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition, speaks about Japan's new defense role and Mr. Abe's Yasukuni Shrine visits. ...
Japan’s security: Clear and present dangers [Published The Economist - Asia - Jul 03 2014]
No Abeliever, sheIT TOOK a war of attrition for Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, to win agreement to end a long-standing ban on Japanese troops coming to the aid of allies. But in the end, after months of wrangling, he managed to win the consent of ...
Japan Takes Historic Step from Post-War Pacifis... [Published Washington Free Beacon - Jul 01 2014]
By Linda Sieg and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan took a historic step away from its post-war pacifism on Tuesday by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since 1945, a victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe but a move ...
Japan’s Cabinet Eases Post-WWII Limits on Military [Published TIME.com - Jul 01 2014]
TOKYO — Since Japan’s defeat in World War II, its military has been shackled by restrictions imposed by a victorious U.S. and that, over time, a majority of Japanese adopted as their own. Now, the shackles are being loosened. Japan’s Cabinet on Tuesday ...
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