11 hrs ago
Japan parliament approves contentious secrets law
Japan's opposition Democratic Party of Japan lawmakers leave the upper house in their protest against a state secrets law before voting at Parliament in Tokyo Friday night, Dec. 6, 2013.
Thu Dec 05, 2013
Japanese Reactionaries Accused of Moving to Distort History Textbooks
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan recently decided to reset the standard of screening textbooks of social subjects for primary, middle and high schools.
West Elsdon vet recalls squadron duty
Edward Bencik remembers all so well his active duty in World War II. However, not much has been written or spoken about the Second Emergency Rescue Squadron, the Army Air Corps unit he was a member of.
Passing the TPP: Not so fast
A rebellion is breaking out in the Democratic Party, but it's not like the 1960s when the party was torn apart over the Vietnam War and civil rights for blacks.
Japan's upper house panel passes controversial secrecy bill, eyeing final vote Friday
A special Diet committee on Thursday approved a controversial state secrecy bill, with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party coalition coming one step closer to having the bill enacted in the Upper House on Friday.
Tue Dec 03, 2013
The New Zealand Herald
Living with diasaster: Jolt that shook Japan and the world
Japan was changed forever by the devastating triple tragedy that unfolded on March 11, 2011, bringing an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.
The Japan Times
Fast-tracked secrecy bill riles opposition
The ruling coalition on Tuesday evening forced through a vote to hold a public hearing on the highly decried state secrets bill Wednesday afternoon without giving opposition lawmakers a chance to speak at the Upper House special committee on national security.
Biden: China's air zone unacceptable
US Vice President Joe Biden has told Japanese lawmakers that the US and Japan will work closely in dealing with China's newly declared air defense identification zone in the East China Sea.
Mon Dec 02, 2013
WSJV-TV South Bend
St. Joseph County Democratic Party delays decision on Vote Centers
The party says there's simply not enough time to properly change the system, then inform voters of where they'd vote before the May 6th Primaries.
Ishiba withdraws - terror' remarks over protestsDecember 3, 2013...
Ruling party executive Shigeru Ishiba on Monday retracted his remarks likening demonstrations by civic groups around the Diet building against a state secrecy bill to "terrorism."
Sun Dec 01, 2013
91% of Koreans Think Lawmakers Are Doing a Bad Job
Only 6.5 percent of Koreans believe their lawmakers are doing a good job, a survey by Media Research for TV Chosun suggests.
The Japan Times
Secrecy law protests 'act of terrorism': LDP secretary-general
Citizens demonstrating against the controversial state secrets bill are committing "an act terrorism," according to Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba.
Sat Nov 30, 2013
PM rolls out red carpet for Japan royals
Liberal Democratic Party came to power after December 2012 elections. This is the first time that a Japanese emperor has visited India.
Fri Nov 29, 2013
The Japan Times
Abe vows to remain steadfast on China
Japan will remain steadfast and cooperate with other countries in addressing China's recent establishment of an air defense identification zone covering the Senkaku Islands, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday.
Thu Nov 28, 2013
Hawkish Japan eyes military boost amid island dispute with China
An update of Japan's 10-year defense policy, which will be released next month, includes stronger air and maritime capabilities, which would give it a stronger reach to a group of islands at the heart of the country's hot territorial dispute with China.
Wed Nov 27, 2013
Germany's Angela Merkel signs 'grand coalition' deal with Social Democrats
By Laura Smith-Spark and Stephanie Halasz German Chancellor Angela Merkel signed a coalition deal with the center-left German Social Democratic Party on Wednesday, paving the way for a "grand coalition" of right and left.
Tue Nov 26, 2013
Japan moves to enact strict secrets act despite press freedom fears
Japan on Tuesday moved closer towards a law that would expand the definition of state secrets and raise penalties for leaks, a provision critics say will block access to information on sensitive areas, including the nuclear industry.
Mon Nov 25, 2013
Obama, at fundraiser, calls GOP an 'impediment'
President Barack Obama sounded a nostalgic personal note Sunday night and offered a rare self-assessment while criticizing congressional Republicans as an "impediment" to governing during the start of a West Coast fundraising tour for the Democratic Party.
Sun Nov 24, 2013
The Japan Times
Secrets bill raises fears among nuclear foes
In late 2005, U.S. government officials, invited by Japan, observed a counterterrorism drill at the Mihama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture and came away worried about the security situation at the complex.