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September 12, 2018

Japan Since the Meiji Restoration (6)
Reconjuring the Vision of the Meiji Centennial

In an essay inspired by the recent forum on “Japan Since the Meiji Restoration,” political scientist Ryota Murai reflects on ...

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July 24, 2018

Japan since the Meiji Restoration (1)
Lessons from Diplomatic and Constitutional History

The hybrid nature of Japan’s constitutional framework has created gaps between the letter of the law and its application, enabling ...

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June 02, 2017

Why Abe’s Constitutional Reform Is Destined to Fail

In the wake of Prime Minister Abe’s recently announced aim to place constitutional reform on the political agenda, Katsuyuki Yakushiji ...

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March 09, 2017

The Emperor Initiates an Important Conversation

Emperor Akihito’s rare televised address to the nation last August made news primarily as a statement of the aging monarch’s ...

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July 08, 2016

Coalition Victory Unlikely to Lead to Constitutional Amendment

The LDP-Komeito coalition is expected to win big in the July 10 upper house election, but even if it secures ...

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October 05, 2015

Abe’s 70th Anniversary Statement: Historical Realism, not Revisionism

Prime Minister Abe's statement on the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II turned out to be less ...

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August 06, 2015

The Objectives of Japan’s New Security Legislation

The security-related legislation submitted by the government of Prime Minister Abe has become very controversial, both in Japan and elsewhere. ...

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May 07, 2015

The Abe Government’s Security Bills
Time for a Responsible Debate

With voices in Japan and neighboring countries expressing concern over the Abe cabinet’s plans to legislate a more flexible defense ...

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October 29, 2014

“Japan is Back,” Including a New Defence Posture

Prime Minister Abe has been forcefully advancing a foreign policy and security agenda, visiting a record 49 countries, creating a ...

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September 03, 2014

Redefining Self-Defense
The Abe Cabinet’s Interpretation of Article 9

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to expand the scope of self-defense activities permitted by the Japanese Constitution have met with ...

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