2018: The Constitution, Human Rights and Pluralism

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Quelle: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 16 | Issue 5 | Number 1 | Feb 19, 2018
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The Constitution, Human Rights and Pluralism in Japan:
Alternative Visions of Constitutions Past and Future
Tessa Morris-Suzuki

Abstract
Recent moves by the Abe administration to change the Japanese constitution may result in the most fundamental change to Japanese political life since the 1940s. Although there has been widespread debate on the possible revision of Article 9 – the constitution’s Peace Clause – other profound implications of the push for constitutional change have received scant attention. This special issue aims to take a broad view of constitutional debates in Japan today by posing two key questions: “What is the purpose of the constitution?” and “What does the constitution mean for a culturally plural and diverse society?”


A New Constitution for Japan?
"Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized. "
(Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan, 1947) ....

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