The last resort for the government would be to fan fears of Chinese expansionism and other security threats and argue that those who insist on protecting the Constitution would fail to protect the country.

Koichi Nakano, a professor of politics at Sophia University in Tokyo, saying that closer scrutiny of the proposed new security bills has prompted questions about the exact circumstances under which Japanese troops could fight overseas… Read

Freedom of speech is the element of democracy that must be protected most. That's true no matter which party is in power. Crushing freedom of speech would plant the roots of a terrible evil in Japan's future.

Okinawa Gov Takeshi Onaga, blasting comments made at a Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) study session that two local Okinawa newspapers should be shut down over their critical coverage of security bills now before the Diet.… Read

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