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JapanThe Precarious Future$
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Anne Allison

Print publication date: 1953

Print ISBN-13: 9781479889389

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479889389.001.0001

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State Power versus Individual Freedom: Japan’s Constitutional Past, Present, and Possible Future

State Power versus Individual Freedom: Japan’s Constitutional Past, Present, and Possible Future

Chapter:
(p.304) Chapter Thirteen State Power versus Individual Freedom: Japan’s Constitutional Past, Present, and Possible Future
Source:
Japan
Author(s):

Lawrence Repeta

Colin P. A. Jones

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479889389.003.0014

The Liberal Democratic Party has been committed to fundamental change in the Japan’s constitutional order since the party was founded in 1955. In 2012, the party published detailed proposals to amend the Constitution that would sharply increase the power of the state and reduce protection for individual rights. The party attacks individual rights protection as based on “Western natural rights theory” that is inappropriate for Japan. The revisions would also impose a new set of “constitutional duties” on the people, including to respect Meiji-era nationalist symbols. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is deeply committed to this program. This chapter examines these proposals for constitutional change and how they may affect the allocation of power and the lives of the Japanese people.

Keywords:   constitutionalism, constitutional revision, judicial review, nationalism, public order, rights

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