By Peter Symonds, 1 April 2017
Using the North Korean “threat” as a pretext, the LDP defence policy committee proposed the armed forces acquire a “counter-attack” capability.
By Peter Symonds, 27 March 2017
The affair has drawn in other political figures close to Prime Minister Abe, providing a glimpse of the network of extreme nationalist organisations connected to his government.
By Peter Symonds, 24 March 2017
The acquisition of offensive weapons for the first time since the end of World War II would be another major step toward Japan’s rearmament.
By Mike Head, 17 March 2017
Rex Tillerson’s trip highlights the Trump administration’s focus on using North Korean missile and nuclear programs as a pretext for targeting China.
By Peter Symonds, 15 March 2017
While operating under the umbrella of its strategic alliance with the US, Tokyo is rearming militarily to pursue its own imperialist ambitions.
By Peter Symonds, 14 March 2017
The military build-up by the Trump administration takes place as the White House considers launching strikes on North Korean nuclear and military sites.
By Peter Symonds, 11 February 2017
Despite Trump’s gushing praise for Abe, a question mark remains over the US-Japan alliance and the threat of punitive US trade measures continues.
By Peter Symonds, 6 February 2017
Mattis’s remarks were precisely what Tokyo wanted to hear: a US commitment to wage war against China in the event of a conflict over the Senkakus.
By Peter Symonds, 17 January 2017
In pursuing aggressive “America First” trade measures, Trump threatens the economic interests not only of China but also of close allies such as Australia and Japan.
By Peter Symonds, 28 December 2016
The ceremony was not about peace and goodwill, but was rather in preparation for new wars amid escalating tensions in the Asia Pacific with China.
By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2016
In the wake of Trump’s election and the prospect of better relations with the US, the Russian president no longer felt the need to make concessions to Japan.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 November 2016
The Modi government is forging closer strategic ties with Japan and Israel to aggressively pursue the great power ambitions of India’s elite against China and Pakistan.
By Mike Head, 26 November 2016
The tremors point to the lack of remedial, planning and precautionary measures taken by successive Japanese governments since the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
By Nick Beams, 18 November 2016
There is a sense in Japanese ruling circles that the election of Donald Trump as US president is a political earthquake that has shattered the foundations of the post-war order.
By Mike Head, 14 November 2016
The initial conciliatory remarks between Trump and Abe cannot hide the heightened tensions between the two imperialist powers.
By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2016
While the Chinese planes were outside Japanese air space, the incident highlights the sharp tensions in North East Asia amid the ongoing US military build-up in the region.
By Peter Symonds, 19 September 2016
Japan has no claims in the South China Sea but, like the US, is exploiting the territorial disputes to further its own interests in South East Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2016
While nominally aimed against North Korea, the exercises consolidate Washington’s military alliance with Seoul as it makes preparations for conflict with China.
By Ben McGrath, 19 August 2016
Tokyo intends to design and construct its longest-range missile to cover the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, further risking clashes with Beijing.
By Ben McGrath, 17 August 2016
So-called humanitarian missions, as in South Sudan, are being exploited to further Tokyo’s remilitarization agenda.
By Ben McGrath and Peter Symonds, 10 August 2016
Emperor Akihito suggested he be allowed to abdicate and indirectly implied opposition to remilitarization and constitutional revision.
By Peter Symonds, 6 August 2016
The new defence minister Tomami Inada, a protégé of Abe, is well known for her extreme right-wing nationalist views and defence of Japan’s past war crimes.
By our reporter, 2 August 2016
The continued slump in the real economy is in marked contrast to the ongoing and ultimately unsustainable speculative frenzy on international share markets.
By Peter Symonds, 27 July 2016
No serious attempt has been made in the Japanese or international media to probe any of the underlying social and political causes of the killing spree.
By Ben McGrath, 16 July 2016
While portrayed as a rescue mission, the deployment of additional Japanese troops to Africa marks an expansion of Japan’s role on the continent.
By Ben McGrath, 13 July 2016
The LDP’s victory gives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the necessary numbers to revise the Japanese constitution in line with his push for re-militarization.
By Ben McGrath, 4 July 2016
Japanese vice foreign minister Sugiyama held high-level talks in Washington, London and Brussels, stressing the need for political, economic and security coordination.
By Ben McGrath, 20 June 2016
While local politicians attempt to keep the protests limited in scale and scope, the widespread anger is bound up with opposition to Japanese remilitarization.
By Ben McGrath, 18 June 2016
The Abe government’s push for remilitarization is driving political tensions in Japan.
By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2016
The Malabar war games involving the US, Japanese and Indian navies are “complex, high-end, war-fighting exercises” aimed against China.
By Ben McGrath, 31 May 2016
Victims of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki fear they will continue to be ignored following the US president’s trip.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2016
The visit to Hiroshima displayed in full the hypocrisy for which the Nobel Prize-winning president is so well known, but in this case magnified through the lens of one of history’s greatest war crimes.
By Joseph Kishore, 27 May 2016
President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima today, but will make no apology for the US dropping of the atomic bomb on the city. The WSWS is republishing an essay that first appeared on the 60th anniversary of that horrible crime.
By Andre Damon, 13 May 2016
The American president will travel to Hiroshima not to apologize for past crimes, but to prepare new ones.
By Peter Symonds, 18 April 2016
The response of the Japanese government has been a military one—despatching some 20,000 troops as part of rescue and relief operations.
By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2016
The Washington think tank’s proposed “federated defence” is nothing but a system of military alliances to prepare for war with China—akin to the alliances that preceded the previous two world wars.
By Peter Symonds, 29 March 2016
The implementation of the military legislation is a major step in the revival of Japanese militarism, encouraged by Washington as part of its war preparations against China.
By Ben McGrath, 29 March 2016
A negative interest rate introduced in January by the Bank of Japan has done nothing to promote economic growth.
By Nick Beams, 15 March 2016
Markets are awaiting decisions by the Bank of Japan and the US Fed on monetary policies as concerns grow over negative interest rates.
By Ben McGrath, 10 March 2016
As it seeks to reopen the country’s nuclear plants, the government is opposing even the limited charges of negligence in connection with the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
By Nick Beams, 17 February 2016
The latest statistics from the world’s second and third largest economies underscore the worsening world downturn.
By Ben McGrath, 15 February 2016
Far from backtracking from last year’s unconstitutional military laws, Abe is pressing forward with long-held plans for wholesale constitutional revision.
By Nick Beams, 10 February 2016
All eyes in global financial markets will be on Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen as she delivers testimony to the US Congress Wednesday.
By Ben McGrath, 6 February 2016
The proposed launch has further raised tensions following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test and will undoubtedly be exploited by the US to justify its military buildup in Asia.
By Nick Beams, 30 January 2016
A quarter of the world’s gross domestic product now emanates from countries with negative official interest rates, an unprecedented situation in the history of world capitalism.
By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2016
Japan, like the US, is exploiting the tensions in the disputed waters to advance its own economic and strategic interests in South East Asia.
By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2016
The test will heighten the tense situation in North East Asia generated by the Obama administration’s confrontational “pivot to Asia” against China.
By John Roberts, 31 December 2015
Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, Indonesia has adopted a tougher approach to China, while at the same time seeking to avoid open confrontation.
By Ben McGrath, 30 December 2015
The deal will be welcomed in Washington which has been pressing its two allies to mend their rift and collaborate more closely in the US “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Peter Symonds, 19 December 2015
As Japanese and Australian leaders met in Tokyo, an American paper reported a US military intrusion into Chinese-claimed air space in the South China Sea.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 December 2015
While currently proceeding under the aegis of the US “pivot,” Abe’s push for a closer partnership with India is driven by Japanese imperialism’s own substantial military-strategic and economic ambitions.
By Ben McGrath, 10 December 2015
Extensive protests have taken place against the construction of a new US military base in Okinawa.
By Ben McGrath, 30 November 2015
No-one claimed responsibility for the blast, but given the Yasukuni Shrine’s role as a symbol for Japanese militarism, the bombing may have political motivations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Ben McGrath, 4 August 2015
WikiLeaks documents show that NSA surveillance not only covered top government figures but also major Japanese corporations.
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.
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.
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.
By Richard Phillips, 21 July 2015
Miyazaki’s denunciations of the Abe government are another indication of widespread anti-war sentiment in Japan.
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.
By James Cogan, 7 July 2015
For the first time, Japanese forces will participate in the biennial joint Australian and US “Talisman Sabre” exercise.
By Oliver Campbell, 27 June 2015
The talks took place amid an escalation of Washington’s diplomatic, military and economic campaign against China.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
By James Cogan, 15 May 2015
Every country in the region, to one degree or another, is embroiled in the war danger.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Ben McGrath, 19 March 2015
The crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is still decades from being decommissioned and environmental problems continue to mount.
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.
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.
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.