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Hasebe Yasuo Interview with the Kochi Shimbun

As many readers know, there is a significant debate going on in Japan today about the government’s proposal to pass a new law that would allow for collective self-defense in the event of armed attack. This has led to protests and conflict.  The issue concerns Article Nine of the Constitution, which famously prohibits the maintenance

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Published on June 30, 2015
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Prime Minister Abe’s latest revisionist interpretation

–Tokujin Matsudaira, Associate Professor of Law, Kanagawa University Japan has long had a parliamentary cabinet system. A major event in the political calendar is the questioning of ministers in Diet committees, especially budget-related ones. In these sessions, the prime minister and other ministers have to answer the questions from members of parliament, even if not

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Published on February 14, 2014
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New Developments on Japan’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment Process

–Tokujin Matsudaira, Kanagawa University Faculty of Law Recently the Asahi Shimbun Weekly (ASW, a special Monday edition of Asahi News) interviewed eight constitutional scholars and asked them to answer a survey about the possible amendment of Japan’s postwar constitution. The results appeared in ASW on April 8 (in Japanese). The eight scholars are Yasuo Hasebe

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Published on April 23, 2013
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Get ready for new battles over Japan’s Constitution

–Lawrence Repeta, Meiji University Faculty of Law Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is focused on the economy  —  check out the collapse of the yen and the boom in the stock market since he took center stage.  In his policy speech to open the new Diet session on January 28, Abe talked about the economy and

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Published on February 7, 2013
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Japan Developments: An Era Ends, and New One Around the Corner?

Yesterday, the New York Times reported the death of Beate Sirota Gordon, likely the last link to the drafting of the Constitution of Japan in 1946.  Sirota had been raised in Japan, and was a civilian employee of the U.S. occupation forces when she was thrust into the drafting process in February of 1946.  She was,

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Published on January 4, 2013
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Japan’s Election and Constitutional Revision

Japanese awoke this morning to find that the Liberal Democratic Party had won a massive supermajority in the lower house, more than doubling its seat share from 118 to 294 seats. Its coalition partner Komeito won 31 seats, and the hawkish Japan Restoration Party also won 54 seats, nearly matching the governing Democratic Party of

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Published on December 18, 2012
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Nuclear protest and the right of assembly in Japan

As disturbing new reports come in [see here, here and here] finding abnormally high levels of thyroid growths in children of Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, there is renewed attention being drawn to the Democratic Party of Japan government’s controversial decision to re-open some nuclear plants this past summer.  Some polls have showed that 70% of citizens

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Published on November 26, 2012
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The Latest Decision on Malapportionment in Japan

–Tokujin MATSUDAIRA, Teikyo University On October 17, 2012, the Japanese Supreme Court released a judgment from the grand bench regarding the constitutionality of the 2010 election of Sangiin (House of Councillors). In that election, the ruling DPP failed to keep its majority in the upper house, launching a period of political chaos. Plaintiffs had argued

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Published on October 21, 2012
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