By Ben McGrath, 28 January 2015
The Abe government plans to introduce 10 new laws lifting restrictions on the dispatch of the Japanese military overseas.
By Ben McGrath, 26 January 2015
The apparent murder of one of the hostages held by ISIS, Haruna Yukawa, comes as Japan plans to expand its military presence in the Middle East.
By Ben McGrath, 26 January 2015
The deaths are another reminder of the ongoing dangers at the tsunami-affected Fukushima Daiichi complex, and the official disregard for workers’ health and safety.
By Will Morrow, 16 January 2015
The government left no doubt that the increase is part of preparations for war with China.
By Nick Beams, 14 January 2015
Oil prices on Tuesday sank further toward their levels of 2009, while bond yields hit zero in Japan.
By Ben McGrath, 5 January 2015
If passed, the legislation will give the government far broader scope to go to war in the name of “collective self-defense.”
By Ben McGrath, 31 December 2014
While the memorandum of understanding is nominally directed against North Korea, the US clearly wants an agreement that targets China as well.
By Wije Dias, 27 December 2014
December 26 marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in which some 230,000 people lost their lives. We repost here a speech that was delivered by Wije Dias, the general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka, on February 4, 2005.
By Peter Symonds, 15 December 2014
The turnout of just 52 percent reflects widespread alienation from the entire political establishment and its agenda of austerity and remilitarisation.
By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2014
The ruling LDP is preparing to accelerate plans for Japan’s remilitarisation, including on the ideological front, if it retains office in tomorrow’s election.
By Ben McGrath, 12 December 2014
The right-wing Abe government passed the anti-democratic legislation as a means of blocking opposition to its agenda of austerity and remilitarisation.
By Peter Symonds, 2 December 2014
The credit downgrade was a warning to the next government to implement harsh austerity measures to bring down Japan’s massive public debt.
By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2014
Prime Minister Abe called the poll just a day after economic data showed that the country was in recession.
By Nick Beams, 18 November 2014
The shock announcement that Japan’s economy shrank for the second quarter in a row dealt a major blow to “Abenomics.”
By Patrick Kelly, 13 November 2014
New military “confidence-building mechanisms” resolve none of the issues underlying Washington’s confrontation of China.
By Ben McGrath, 11 November 2014
Abe’s brief talks with Xi are not a sign of an easing of Tokyo’s agenda of reviving Japanese militarism.
By Nick Beams, 3 November 2014
The Japanese central bank’s surprise announcement of new monetary stimulus measures has led to accusations that it is trying to export deflation and warnings of a currency war.
By Mike Head, 28 October 2014
The impasse points to the underlying conflicts between the interests of the US and those of its current allies such as Japan.
By Ben McGrath, 24 October 2014
The visit is part of the Abe government’s agenda of whitewashing the Japanese army’s war crimes in the 1930s and 1940s and remilitarising Japan.
By Ben McGrath, 22 October 2014
The resignations of the ministers is evidence of a further right-wing shift in the Abe government.
By Elle Chapman, 22 September 2014
Produced over 25 years ago, the Japanese animation feature is a unique and emotionally intense story set in Kobe during the last months of World War II.
By W.A. Sunil, 17 September 2014
Shinzo Abe’s two-day visit to Sri Lanka was bound up with a broader drive to secure Japanese influence in South Asia at the expense of China.
By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2014
While the choice is being presented in economic terms, such a decision would have far-reaching geo-political ramifications.
By John Watanabe, 9 September 2014
The new ministry will intensify the attacks on the working class at home and expand Japan’s remilitarization directed at its rivals abroad.
By Deepal Jayasekera and Keith Jones, 4 September 2014
Modi’s Japan trip launched a month of hectic diplomacy in which India’s prime minister will meet the heads of government of all the key powers in the military-strategic confrontation between US imperialism and China.
By Nick Beams, 3 September 2014
Monetary stimulus has failed to halt recessionary trends in the global economy.
By Ben McGrath, 29 August 2014
Japan’s moves have provoked concerns in Washington that Tokyo’s diplomacy will cut across US strategy in North East Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 26 August 2014
The increasingly volatile situation in Asia is provoking a degree of nervousness in Washington, including among those directly responsible for creating it.
By Ben McGrath, 19 August 2014
The visit is part of the government’s revival of Japanese militarism, including whitewashing the past war crimes of the Japanese military.
By Nick Beams, 15 August 2014
The sharp slowdown in credit expansion in China and the contraction in Japan will impact on the world economy.
By Ben McGrath, 12 August 2014
Abe sought to expand Tokyo’s influence in the region, especially in order to counter that of China.
By Peter Symonds, 9 August 2014
The Abe government is exploiting the “China threat” to press ahead with plans for Japanese remilitarisation.
By Will Morrow, 16 July 2014
China was not publicly mentioned during Abe’s visit, but commentators said the trip was a signal to Beijing.
By Ben McGrath, 12 July 2014
While the militarization of Japan is currently targeted at China, it is alarming Seoul, a key ally of the United States.
By Nick Beams, 10 July 2014
Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Australia announced to the world that Japan is breaking from the shackles of the post-war “pacifist” constitution.
By Tom Peters, 10 July 2014
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visited New Zealand to secure support for his “reinterpretation” of Japan’s constitution to allow troops to fight in overseas wars.
By Nick Beams, 9 July 2014
The corporate media establishment is backing the re-militarisation of Japan and its closer military ties with Australia.
By Nick Beams, 8 July 2014
Prime Minister Abe’s speech underscores the militarist agenda behind the reinterpretation of the Japanese constitution.
By Ben McGrath, 8 July 2014
By Peter Symonds, 3 July 2014
Abe’s constitutional “reinterpretation” is a major step toward ending any legal restraint on the ability of Japanese imperialism to wage wars of aggression.
By Peter Symonds, 1 July 2014
The protest indicates the depth of opposition in Japan to the government’s reinterpretation of the constitution to permit “collective self-defence.”
By Ben McGrath, 28 June 2014
The Abe government’s review calls into question the formal 1993 apology for the army’s abuse of women during World War II.
By Peter Symonds, 14 June 2014
The US has encouraged closer collaboration between its two allies as part of its “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China.
By Mike Head, 11 June 2014
Behind the backs of the public, a discussion is taking place about the likelihood of Australia being involved in a US war for domination over the Asia-Pacific.
By Ben McGrath, 28 May 2014
China scrambled fighters in response to Japanese planes monitoring a joint Chinese-Russian naval exercise in the East China Sea.
By Peter Symonds, 17 May 2014
Abe is seeking to remove constitutional restraints on Japan’s full involvement in future US wars of aggression.
By Will Morrow, 12 May 2014
The lawsuit comes amid growing anger among workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, dangerous conditions and low pay.
By Peter Symonds, 26 April 2014
Obama is touring American allies in Asia, stoking up flashpoints, consolidating the US military encirclement of China and preparing for a new Pacific war.
By Peter Symonds, 24 April 2014
Obama’s unequivocal support for Japan will only further fuel tensions with China over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
By John Watanabe, 23 April 2014
On the eve of Obama’s visit to Tokyo, the Japanese government announced the strengthening of its military posture in areas adjacent to China.
By Peter Symonds, 22 April 2014
Obama’s overriding aim is to signal his intention to press ahead with the “pivot to Asia,” which seeks to ensure US hegemony in the region.
By Patrick O’Connor, 9 April 2014
The agreements underscore Japan and Australia’s active collaboration with Washington’s drive to militarily encircle and diplomatically isolate China.
By John Watanabe, 8 April 2014
Washington and Tokyo are hypocritically using North Korean missile drills as an excuse for the remilitarisation of Japan, directed against China and Russia.
By James Cogan, 8 April 2014
Hagel publicly stressed that the Obama administration is prepared to go to war alongside Japan against China.
By John Watanabe, 2 April 2014
The film about Japanese kamikaze pilots during World War II is part of a concerted campaign to revive militarism and condition young people for new wars.
By Nick Beams, 21 March 2014
A senior US admiral invokes the Crimea crisis to accuse China of expansionism.
By Ben McGrath, 13 March 2014
The Abe government has suggested it will revise the 1993 apology for the women and girls forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military in the 1930s and 1940s.
By Will Morrow, 10 March 2014
Three years after the Fukushima disaster, the Abe government is riding roughshod over overwhelming popular opposition to the nuclear industry.
By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2014
Japanese support for the US confrontation with Russia is undermining Tokyo’s efforts over the past year to forge closer ties with Moscow.
By Peter Symonds, 28 February 2014
US imperialism, following its wars of aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, is preparing for a new and more terrible conflict against China.
By John Watanabe, 26 February 2014
Japan’s central bank decided to expand its massive monetary easing program.
By Will Morrow, 24 February 2014
No faith can be placed in any of TEPCO’s claims about the extent of radioactive material that has reached the environment.
By John Watanabe, 14 February 2014
The restructuring of Toyota’s operations, within Japan and internationally, is aimed at driving down wages and increasing exploitation.
By Peter Symonds, 11 February 2014
The turnout was just 46.1 percent, down from 62.6 percent in 2012, and the third lowest figure ever.
By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2014
The denial of crimes such as the Rape of Nanking has only one meaning—it is the ideological preparation for new wars and new atrocities.
By John Watanabe, 5 February 2014
The government stacked the NHK’s board with right-wing appointees to shift the public broadcaster’s political orientation.
By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2014
The Obama administration has seized on an insubstantial Asahi Shimbun article to stir up tensions with China over the South China Sea.
By John Watanabe, 31 January 2014
The election is being held amid growing public opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 January 2014
Both Japan and India are concerned to counter the growth of China’s economic and strategic influence in Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 29 January 2014
Asia in 2014 bears chilling resemblance to Europe in 1914.
By John Watanabe, 20 January 2014
The JCP is seeking to channel popular discontent by forming a new alliance that would posture as the only viable opposition to the Abe government.
By John Watanabe, 16 January 2014
The trip was aimed at expanding Japanese influence in Africa and curbing China’s presence in this strategically vital region.
By Kumaran Ira, 13 January 2014
Japan’s foreign and defense ministers visited Paris for “two-plus-two” talks with their French counterparts last Thursday.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2014
Tokyo is seeking to integrate New Delhi into a US-led strategic alliance against China.
By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2014
In the midst of the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute with China, the Japanese government announced that it was registering another 280 remote islands as state property.
By Peter Symonds, 31 December 2013
US Defence Secretary Hagel hailed the decision as “the most significant milestone” in the realignment of US forces in the region.
By Peter Symonds, 27 December 2013
Abe’s visit to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine to Japan’s war dead is part of his campaign to whitewash past war crimes in order to prepare for new ones.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2013
The military buildup is part of a strategic re-orientation of the Japanese armed forces to more aggressively confront China.
By John Chan, 16 December 2013
The strategic documents outline a drive to strengthen the US-Japan alliance and expand Japan’s military buildup.
By Peter Symonds, 10 December 2013
The Japanese government is intensifying the pressure on China by soliciting support in South East Asia to oppose Beijing’s ADIZ and convene an international meeting on the issue.
By Ben McGrath, 10 December 2013
The secrecy law is a crucial part of Abe’s efforts to remilitarise Japan and strengthen US-Japan alliance against China.
By Peter Symonds, 4 December 2013
The US seized on the Chinese ADIZ to strengthen its alliances with Japan and South Korea, as part of its “pivot” to Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 3 December 2013
The prime responsibility for last week’s flare-up of tensions in the East China Sea lies with Obama’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at undermining China economically and militarily.
By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2013
The incident—the first time China has scrambled fighters in response to a US or Japanese incursion—underscores the danger of a clash.
By John Chan, 29 November 2013
Miscalculations in the current situation could quickly lead to a clash involving Chinese warplanes with those from Japan, the US or South Korea.
By John Chan, 25 November 2013
The Obama administration criticised the Chinese air defence zone and reiterated that the US-Japan Security Treaty will apply if war breaks out between China and Japan over the disputed Senkaku islands.
By John Watanabe, 16 November 2013
The bill will expand the range of secret government information, paving the way for closer involvement in the US military build-up against China.
By John Chan, 6 November 2013
Massive exercises, staged not far from the disputed Diaoyu/Senkakus islands, have become the focal point for a war of words between Tokyo and Beijing.
By Peter Symonds, 29 October 2013
Abe’s stance on the Senkaku islands is part of a broader strategy to reassert Japanese imperialism’s interests throughout the region.
By Peter Symonds, 5 October 2013
The talks announced deployments of hi-tech US weaponry to Japan and a green light for Japanese remilitarisation, in the framework of “a more robust alliance”.
By John Chan, 4 October 2013
The US Secretary of State and Defence Secretary yesterday sent a strong message that the American military build-up in Asia would continue.
By John Watanabe, 25 September 2013
The increased spending is in line with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s turn to the remilitarisation of Japan.
By John Chan, 16 September 2013
Both Japan and China engaged in risky military manoeuvres on the anniversary of Tokyo’s nationalisation of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
By John Watanabe, 7 September 2013
Financial markets demand the scheduled doubling of Japan’s consumption tax, but sections of the ruling elite fear social unrest and the negative impact on economic growth.
By John Marion, 4 September 2013
Water leaking from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear reactor is so radioactive that exposure to it for four hours would be deadly.
By John Marion, 28 August 2013
This latest threat to public health comes after revelations that radioactive water from underground storage tanks and groundwater has leaked into the ocean.
By John Chan, 17 August 2013
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marked Thursday’s anniversary of Japan’s wartime surrender by again indicating his determination to revive Japanese militarism.
By John Chan, 12 August 2013
The Izumo is the latest attempt to circumvent the pacifist clause in the country’s constitution that nominally bans offensive weapons.
By Peter Symonds, 7 August 2013
Japan’s nuclear regulatory authority has offered no solution to what it has declared as an emergency.