Fourteen Points of Concern on Japan's New National Security Laws

The following fifteen points of concern were selected and translated into English from “100 Points of Concern on Japan’s New National Security Laws” published in August 2015. According to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the New National Security Laws will help protect Japanese at home and abroad, allow Japan to play a greater role in the international community, and fulfill its commitments to the US-Japan Alliance. These fourteen points of concern aim to promote understanding of the present policy of the Government of Japan on peace and security as well as the response by researchers and civil society. Please note that these points of concern were published before the passage of Security Bills by the Upper House of the Diet in September 2015. Another point of attention is that these points of concern are based on individual perspective, and not the common perspective of the whole members of the Peace Studies Association of Japan.