The democratic deficit of collective self-defence in Japan

The manner in which Shinzo Abe’s cabinet has reinterpreted the pacifist clause of Japan’s constitution invokes unsettling shadows from former, darker days, writes RIKKI KERSTEN. When Abe Shinzo’s cabinet decided on 1 July 2014 to revise the interpretation of the pacifist clause of Japan’s constitution, commentators in Japan and around the world took notice. Those …

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Japan’s environmental nuggets

Despite a bad environmental reputation, writes SIMON AVENELL, Japan has also been a pioneer in global environmental protection and justice. Japan’s environmental record over the past half century has been problematic, to put it mildly. The country’s environmental blackspots have included Antarctic whaling, coastal dolphin culling, driftnet fishing, virgin rainforest logging, elephant ivory imports, fetal …

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Life in a Fukushima world

The focus of sovereign intervention in response to the nuclear meltdowns since 3/11 risks long-term consequences for short-term gains, writes Adam Broinowski. The meltdowns of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) since the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 (3/11) have exposed not only the dangers of nuclear power but the visibility of …

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Judgment day for whaling?

Australia achieves an unexpected victory against Japan’s ‘research’ whaling program, writes TREVOR WILSON. The International Court of Justice’s 31 March decision against Japan’s much-maligned research whaling program was unexpected, but vindicates the Rudd government’s at-the-time risky decision to launch a case against Japan in the ICJ. The decision was unexpected because most of the arguments …

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