Abe’s Mission Unaccomplished: Pushing To Revise Japan’s Pacifist Charter

By Linda Sieg, Reuters.com -

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe surged back to power seven years ago, pledging to bolster Japan’s defenses in response to a growing threat from China and aiming to amend the pacifist [...]

Embargoes And Other Acts Of War

By David Rovics,  Dissident Voice. -

Right now, in the United States, huge detention camps are being constructed for the increasingly criminalized refugee and migrant population, a campaign of government-sponsored domestic terror [...]

Norway Now Kills More Whales Than Japan And Iceland Combined

By Amey Owen, Mintpressnews.com -

Norway is now the world’s leading whaling nation, killing more whales in the past two years than Japan and Iceland combined. A new report released today calls on the international community to [...]

The Curious Case Of The Tankers

By Nat South, The Saker Blog. -

I have taken the opportunity to look at the recent incident involving two outbound tankers in the Gulf of Oman. I have got some questions or two, (or three) about certain parts of the incident, [...]

Trump Admin Aims To Kill Historic Talks And Strangle Iran With Evidence-Free Accusations

By Ben Norton, Grayzone Project. -

Since entering office, the Donald Trump administration has been itching for a war on Iran. And it may have found an excuse to justify an escalation of military aggression — or at least kill [...]

Okinawa Rally Urges Japan, US Gov’ts To Scrap Base Relocation Plan

By Staff, Mainichi.jp -

NAHA (Kyodo) -- A rally of thousands of Okinawa residents on Saturday urged the Japanese and U.S. governments to scrap a plan to relocate a controversial U.S. air base within the southern [...]

Japan Prepares For War Alongside US, Massive Military Build-Up Targets China & Russia

By Ben McGrath, Wsws.org -

The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved new so-called National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) on December 18 that will rapidly accelerate Tokyo’s remilitarization, including [...]

Tokyo Solidarity With Okinawa Against Killing Of Henoko Coral

By Joseph Essertier, Japan for a World Beyond War. -

Tokyo, Japan - On US television, in US newspapers, and on US-based Internet news sites this week there is a near-perfect silence as our government begins to build in earnest, on the island of a [...]

Keen Sword: US And Japan Stage Largest Wargames In Pacific Amid Tensions With China

Washington and Tokyo have amassed a record number of sailors, marines and airmen for the biggest joint naval drill that the two allied nations have ever held close to Chinese shores as tensions [...]

World Scholars, Artists, Activists Call For Demilitarization Of Okinawa

By Staff, Consortiumnews.com -

In January 2014, more than one hundred scholars, peace activists and artists from around the world issued a statement condemning the Japanese and U.S. governments’ plans to close MCAS Futenma, [...]

More Than 70,000 People Hospitalized Amid Record-Breaking Heat In Japan

By Lorraine Chow, Ecowatch.com -

An ongoing heatwave has sent a record 71,266 people to hospitals across Japan between April 30 and Aug. 5 with 138 people dying from heat-related illnesses, The Japan Times reported, citing the [...]

Marching For Peace, From Helmand To Hiroshima

By Maya Evans, Vcnv.org -

I have just arrived in Hiroshima with a group of Japanese “Okinawa to Hiroshima peace walkers” who had spent nearly two months walking Japanese roads protesting U.S. militarism. At the same time [...]

Protests Sweep Japan To As Right-Wing Government Pushes For Further Militarization

By Elliott Gabriel, Mintpressnews.com -

TOKYO — Massive protests took place across Japan on Thursday to mark 71st Constitution Memorial Day as tens of thousands of people rallied against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s continued attempts [...]

These Two Islands, 1,400 Miles Apart, Are Banding Together Against U.S. Bases

By Jon Mitchell, Fpif.org -

In January, three residents from the U.S. territory of Guam visited Japan to express their solidarity with Okinawans struggling to block construction of new U.S. military facilities on their [...]

Justice For Hiroji: ‘Rough Country Boy’ Vs Empire

By Will Griffin, the Peace Report -

Hiroji Yamashiro has been a fierce leader of the anti-base movement on Okinawa Island in fighting back against the blanket of U.S. militarism that covers the island. Yamashiro, along with other [...]