Japan's Constitutional Debate

CCCJ member and Doshisha Law School professor Colin P.A. Jones takes a look at the current debate on reinterpreting and amending Japan's Constitution.

Read the first paragraph here, and the rest in the Japan Times by following the link below.

 

Japan’s Constitution: never amended but all too often undermined

BY COLIN P.A. JONES
SPECIAL TO THE JAPAN TIMES

The United Kingdom is famous for having an “unwritten constitution.” In reality the constitution is written, just in a lot of places: the bits of Magna Carta that still mean something, 16th-century case law confirming the monarch’s ownership of English swans, later cases prohibiting the punishment of juries and general warrants, the Human Rights Act of 1998, and so forth. The British Constitution is “written” in the same way my office is “organized”: Things are there somewhere, just hard to find.

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