Japan enters “technical recession”

By Nick Beams, 18 November 2015

The deepening economic slump in Japan points to the failure of the program of “Abenomics” to provide any real economic boost.

Japan’s economic outlook worsening

By Nick Beams, 3 November 2015

Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, is hovering on the brink of recession as quantitative easing fails to provide a boost.

Leaders of Japan, China and South Korea meet in Seoul

By Ben McGrath, 2 November 2015

The lack of any reference by China to maritime disputes or Japan’s whitewashing of the crimes of its military in the 1930s and 1940s was a significant concession to Tokyo.

Massive US-Japanese display of naval force

By Peter Symonds, 20 October 2015

The triennial fleet review staged in seas near Tokyo on Sunday was part of the US-led military preparations for new provocations against China.

Sri Lankan and Japanese prime ministers declare “comprehensive partnership”

By K. Ratnayake, 15 October 2015

The Colombo government is enmeshing Sri Lanka in the geo-political interests of the US and its allies, including Japan, directed against China.

Abe reshuffles Japanese cabinet to try to boost economy

By Ben McGrath, 12 October 2015

After forcing through unpopular military legislation, Prime Minister Abe is seeking to press ahead with new pro-market restructuring and austerity measures.

The TPP: A step on the road to war

By Nick Beams, 8 October 2015

The foundation of the TPP is not free trade but an alliance between the US and Japan to weaken China and create the conditions for reducing it to semi-colonial status.

Japan creates new agency to boost arms exports

By Ben McGrath, 5 October 2015

The government regards the sale of weapons both as the means to enhance Japan’s strategic influence globally and increase the profits of its arms industry.

Japanese government pushes military bills through upper house

By Ben McGrath, 21 September 2015

Despite widespread protests, the Abe government has now passed laws that will allow the Japanese military to engage in US-led wars abroad.

Japan’s credit rating cut as economy contracts

By Ben McGrath, 18 September 2015

The S&P move is a signal to Japan that the financial markets demand further measures to shift the economic burden onto the backs of the working class.

Japanese demonstrators denounce government ahead of vote on military legislation

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 September 2015

While opposition to the bills and war is widespread, there is no genuine anti-war alternative among the protest organisations.

Japanese protest organisations promote illusions in opposition parties

By our reporters, 17 September 2015

A WSWS reporting team conducted discussions and interviews with participants in last weekend’s protests against the Abe government’s military legislation.

Japan: Continuing protests against Abe government’s security bills

By Ben McGrath, 7 September 2015

The government is pressing to pass the deeply unpopular bills before the current parliamentary session ends on September 27.

Abe accelerates the remilitarisation of Japan

By Peter Symonds, 2 September 2015

The latest defence budget increase, to fund the purchase of sophisticated new hardware and the expansion of bases, will push Japanese military spending to record levels.

Mass protests in Japan oppose “collective self-defence” laws

By Ben McGrath, 31 August 2015

The widespread hostility to the new security laws reflects the deep-rooted anti-war sentiment in Japan, especially in the working class.

Japanese PM snubs China’s World War II victory ceremony

By Peter Symonds, 26 August 2015

Abe’s presence at Chinese ceremonies to mark the end of the “War of Resistance to Japanese Aggression” would have been unacceptable to the extreme right in Japan.

World capitalism “toboggans toward catastrophe”

By Barry Grey, 19 August 2015

Seven years after the Wall Street crash, fears are growing within ruling circles internationally that the world capitalist economy is descending into depression.

Japan contracts as world economy lurches toward depression

By Barry Grey, 18 August 2015

The Japanese report followed a wave of negative data pointing to sharply slower growth in China and last week’s surprise devaluation of the renminbi.

Japanese PM’s speech on World War II riddled with duplicity

By Peter Symonds, 17 August 2015

Abe’s speech maintained a veneer of pacifism and contrition even as his government expands Japan’s military forces and prepares for new wars.

Canada-US frictions flare over Trans Pacific Partnership

By Roger Jordan, 13 August 2015

Canada’s government and business elite are livid over a US-Japanese deal that would undermine its privileged access to the US auto market.

Protesters denounce military legislation as Japan marks anniversary of nuclear bombings

By Ben McGrath, 11 August 2015

A Nagasaki survivor recounted the horrors of the blast and denounced Prime Minister Abe’s moves to amend Japan’s post-World War II constitution.

International scholars call on Japanese PM to issue apology

By Ben McGrath, 7 August 2015

The historians’ statement comes just over two weeks before Abe’s scheduled speech on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

By Peter Symonds, 6 August 2015

Washington’s use of the atomic weapons was aimed at terrorising not just the Japanese regime, but above all the Soviet Union, and ensuring post-war American global dominance.

US has spied on Japanese government for a decade

By Ben McGrath, 4 August 2015

WikiLeaks documents show that NSA surveillance not only covered top government figures but also major Japanese corporations.

Amid ongoing protests, Japan’s upper house to discuss military bills

By Ben McGrath, 27 July 2015

According to opinion polls, more than 60 percent of the population opposes security legislation that allows Japan to take part in US-led wars.

Japanese government ramps up tensions with China

By Peter Symonds, 23 July 2015

By demanding a halt to China’s oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea, Tokyo is adding another potential flashpoint for conflict with Beijing.

Japan competes with China over port investment in Bangladesh

By Sarath Kumara, 22 July 2015

In line with the US “pivot,” Japan hopes that its Bangladesh investments will boost its political weight in South Asia and undercut Chinese influence.

Veteran filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki denounces government plans to remilitarise Japan

By Richard Phillips, 21 July 2015

Miyazaki’s denunciations of the Abe government are another indication of widespread anti-war sentiment in Japan.

Japanese government pushes militarist legislation amid mass protests

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 July 2015

The passage of the laws marks a further stage in the militarist “reinterpretation” of Japan’s nominally pacifist constitution.

Japan joins US-Australian rehearsal for conflict with China

By James Cogan, 7 July 2015

For the first time, Japanese forces will participate in the biennial joint Australian and US “Talisman Sabre” exercise.

Obama administration uses bilateral talks to ramp up pressure on China

By Oliver Campbell, 27 June 2015

The talks took place amid an escalation of Washington’s diplomatic, military and economic campaign against China.

Japanese protests denounce new military legislation

By Ben McGrath, 20 June 2015

Thousands gathered over the weekend to oppose bills to expand the role of the armed forces and its capacity to wage war.

The revealing remarks of a central banker

By Nick Beams, 11 June 2015

The invocation by Japanese central banker Haruhiko Kuroda of “Peter Pan” economics is a graphic expression of the bewilderment of those supposedly in control of the world economy.

Japan ramps up pressure on China at G7 summit

By Peter Symonds, 9 June 2015

Directed against Chinese activities in the South China Sea, the final G7 communiqué “strongly opposed” any changes to the status quo in the world’s oceans, “such as large-scale land reclamation.”

Protests in Japan denounce US military presence

By Ben McGrath, 27 May 2015

Numerous rallies have been held recently, on Okinawa and elsewhere in Japan, against the planned relocation of a US Marine base on the island.

Agreement signed on China-backed investment bank

By Nick Beams, 23 May 2015

Tensions over the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank surfaced again this week when Japan announced it would provide $110 billion for infrastructure investment.

Japanese cabinet approves new military legislation

By Ben McGrath, 16 May 2015

The new laws will allow Japan to play a far larger military role in US-led wars around the world.

The growing danger of a US war against China

By James Cogan, 15 May 2015

Every country in the region, to one degree or another, is embroiled in the war danger.

Historians condemn Japan’s whitewashing of war crimes

By Ben McGrath, 11 May 2015

Nearly 200 historians published a statement last Tuesday calling on Tokyo to cease distorting the history of comfort women.

US Congress applauds Japan’s militarist prime minister

By Peter Symonds, 30 April 2015

Abe’s address to the US Congress was pitched at cementing US-Japanese military collaboration in Asia against an unstated enemy—China.

US and Japan tighten military ties in stepped up war drive against China

By Nick Beams, 29 April 2015

China was not directly mentioned by name following the signing of a new military agreement between the US and Japan, but there is no doubt it is the target.

Japan’s ruling party wins local elections

By Ben McGrath, 17 April 2015

The near-record low turnout is another indication of broad public alienation from the political establishment and parliamentary set-up as a whole.

Australian spies assist Japan’s plans for intelligence agency

By Peter Symonds, 23 March 2015

Australia’s involvement in training Japanese spies demonstrates just how closely the two US allies are intertwined with Washington’s war preparations against China.

Four years after Fukushima disaster, government to restart Japan’s nuclear plants

By Ben McGrath, 19 March 2015

The crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is still decades from being decommissioned and environmental problems continue to mount.

US ramps up anti-China “pivot to Asia”

By Peter Symonds, 14 March 2015

The US maritime strategic document released yesterday is a recipe for intensifying tensions in Asia and compounding the danger of war with China.

Japan pushes forward with plans for overseas intelligence agency

By Ben McGrath, 12 March 2015

Tokyo is exploiting fears of terrorism to promote remilitarization plans that have long been under preparation and are broadly opposed by the population.

South Korean president calls for Japanese apology

By Ben McGrath, 6 March 2015

Compared to past speeches Park Geun-hye appeared to pull her punches on the crimes of Japanese imperialism in the 1930s and 1940s.

Opposition to Japanese government’s lies on “comfort women”

By Ben McGrath, 27 February 2015

The revision of history is bound up with the government’s plans to remilitarize and to end constitutional restrictions on operations of the Japanese military.

Japan rewrites foreign aid rules to include military assistance

By Ben McGrath, 21 February 2015

The decision on foreign military aid is just one aspect of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s far broader agenda to revive Japanese militarism.

Japanese prime minister pushes to end constitutional limits on the military

By Peter Symonds, 19 February 2015

The Japanese ruling class increasingly views the post-war constitution as an intolerable impediment to pursuing its imperialist ambitions in Asia and internationally.

US historians criticize Tokyo’s efforts to whitewash war crimes

By Ben McGrath, 16 February 2015

American historians have signed a statement condemning the Japanese government’s attempts to whitewash the military’s abuse of “comfort women” in the 1930s and 1940s.

Japanese PM calls for constitutional change in keynote speech

By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2015

Central to Abe’s “reform” agenda is the removal of constraints on the use of the military to prosecute Japanese imperialism's strategic interests.

Japanese government pushes to revise US history text

By Ben McGrath, 6 February 2015

Prime Minister Abe’s justification of the past crimes of Japanese imperialism, including the abuse of “comfort women,” is in order to prepare for new wars.

Japanese PM pushes for new military powers

By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2015

Abe is exploiting the murder of two Japanese hostages to call for legislation to further expand the scope for dispatching Japan’s armed forces overseas.

Fate of ISIS’s Japanese and Jordanian captives uncertain

By Ben McGrath, 31 January 2015

The Jordanian, Japanese and US governments are all seeking to exploit the hostage crisis for militarist purposes.

Japanese government exploits hostage crisis to push remilitarisation

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.

ISIS kills Japanese hostage

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.

Japan: Two workers killed at TEPCO nuclear plants in Fukushima

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.

Japanese government boosts military spending

By Will Morrow, 16 January 2015

The government left no doubt that the increase is part of preparations for war with China.

Oil prices and bond yields continue their decline

By Nick Beams, 14 January 2015

Oil prices on Tuesday sank further toward their levels of 2009, while bond yields hit zero in Japan.

Japan: New laws to loosen restrictions on the military

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.”

US, Japan, and South Korea sign intelligence sharing deal

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.

Ten years since the Asian tsunami disaster

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.

Right-wing LDP wins Japanese election amid low turnout

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.

Japanese PM flags propaganda offensive to “restore Japan’s honour”

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.

Japan’s state secrecy law goes into effect

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.

As election campaign begins, Moody’s downgrades Japan’s debt

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.

Japan’s snap election: A sign of economic and political crisis

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.

Japan slides back into 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.”

Obama-Xi talks underscore US war threat in Asia

By Patrick Kelly, 13 November 2014

New military “confidence-building mechanisms” resolve none of the issues underlying Washington’s confrontation of China.

Japanese and Chinese leaders hold first meeting in Beijing

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.

Bank of Japan’s shock stimulus further destabilizes global economy

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.

US-Japan conflicts stall Obama’s Trans-Pacific economic pact

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.

Japanese ministers visit Yasukuni war shrine

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.

Two newly-appointed Japanese cabinet members resign

By Ben McGrath, 22 October 2014

The resignations of the ministers is evidence of a further right-wing shift in the Abe government.

Grave of the Fireflies: Two children fighting for survival in wartime Japan

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.

Japanese PM pressures Sri Lanka to weaken ties with China

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.

Australian government signals purchase of Japanese submarines

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.

Japanese prime minister reshuffles cabinet

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.

India and Japan proclaim “special strategic, global partnership”

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.

Economic data show gathering global slump

By Nick Beams, 3 September 2014

Monetary stimulus has failed to halt recessionary trends in the global economy.

Tokyo holds talks with North Korea over Japanese abductees

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.

Fears of “a new cold war” and conflict in 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.

Japanese lawmakers visit notorious Yasukuni war shrine

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.

Signs of serious problems in Chinese and Japanese economies

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.

Japanese PM tours Latin America

By Ben McGrath, 12 August 2014

Abe sought to expand Tokyo’s influence in the region, especially in order to counter that of China.

Japan’s defence white paper targets China

By Peter Symonds, 9 August 2014

The Abe government is exploiting the “China threat” to press ahead with plans for Japanese remilitarisation.

Japan’s PM visits Papua New Guinea to promote militarist agenda

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.

South Korean government voices concern over Japanese “collective self-defense”

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.

War drums beat louder against China as Japanese imperialism re-emerges

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.

New Zealand government backs Japan’s militarist revival

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.

Shinzo Abe’s Australian visit: Another step toward war

By Nick Beams, 9 July 2014

The corporate media establishment is backing the re-militarisation of Japan and its closer military ties with Australia.

Japan’s Shinzo Abe cloaks militarism in “peace” pledges to Australian parliament

By Nick Beams, 8 July 2014

Prime Minister Abe’s speech underscores the militarist agenda behind the reinterpretation of the Japanese constitution.

Japanese PM unveils “third arrow” of economic agenda

By Ben McGrath, 8 July 2014

The re-emergence of Japanese militarism

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.

Anti-militarism protester sets himself alight in Tokyo

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.”

Official Japanese report whitewashes wartime sexual slavery

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.

Australia, Japan forge closer military ties

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.