1st Edition

Japan's Contested Constitution Documents and Analysis

By Glenn D. Hook, Gavan McCormack Copyright 2001
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Japan's Contested Constitution is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Japanese domestic politics and the international role of Japan. Subjects covered include;
    * the no war, `pacifist' clause
    * tension between the constitution and the US-Japan security treaty
    * the political import of the constitution for Japanese political parties
    * the significance of the constitution for the Japanese people

    Part 1. Analysis Parchment and politics: Japan's living constitution Introduction 1. Origins 2. Contested constitutionalism: the Cold War decades 3. Normative implications of the constitution 4. Okinawa 5. Anti-constitutional radicalism 6. Post Cold war: Searching for new arrangements 7. Revision Conclusion Part 2. Documents 1. A proposal for the revision of the text of the Constitution of Japan (1994) Yomiuri Shimbun 2. Peace and regional security in the Asia-Pacific: a Japanese proposal (1993-94) sekai 3. International cooperation and the constitution (1995) Ashai Shimbun 4. A proposal for reforming the Japanese Constitution (1999): breaking a post-war Japanese taboo, a current Japanese politician rewrites its provisons Ozawa Ichiro Part 3. Constitution texts 1. The constitution of the Empire of japan (meiji Constitution, 1889) 2. The Constitution of Japan (1947)


    Glenn D. Hook, Gavan McCormack

    'Contested Constitution was published in 2001, a year after Research Commissions on the Constitution were established in the two houses of the Diet. Both commissions submitted their reports in 2005. In 2006, a Special Committee for Research on the Constitution of Japan was established in the lower house but not immediately in the upper house (Nabeshima 2005). With the debate very much alive, therefore, Contested Constitution remains a highly valuable contribution to both academic and wider discussions on this process' - H. D. P. Envall, electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies , 2007