Japanese Parliament Reverses Precedent of Pacifism

  Last week, in a move that reversed a seventy-year-old precedent, the Japanese Diet, led by Premier Shinzo Abe, curtailed its constitutionally-mandated pacifism. On September 18, 2015, late in the evening, the Diet passed legislation expanding the ability for the nation to engage in war for “collective self-defense.” Under the planned changes, Japan can now assume combat roles to aid their allies, namely the United States, even if Japan itself is at no risk of direct military att...
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Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands: Breaking the Status Quo?

If you ask about the size of the Diaoyu Islands (known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan), it’s only 1,700 acres [1]– approximately 1/1,000,000 of the size of China and 1/60,000 of the size of Japan. Yet the dispute over these islands has tightened the tension between China and Japan dramatically for the past two months. Both sides claim indisputable sovereignty over the islands and have shown no sign of compromising. Why, you may ask, are two big countries freaking out over these small islands? ...
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