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1.07.2010

Japanese "constitutional" change


The Democratic Party of Japan continues its efforts to transform Japanese political practice toward greater congruence with formal demands of the Constitution. Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa is plotting strategy for a major reform bill, described here, that would reduce the power of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau to appear in the Diet. As a corrolary this would reduce its power to offer authoritative interpretations of constitution. These interpretations have been crucial in adjusting constitutional understandings of the famous anti-war Article Nine.

Thanks to Craig Martin, who has some good writing on the constitutional issues surrounding Japan's Article Nine available here.

2 comments:

  1. Interesting. I've heard it suggested that the Cabinet Legislation Bureau were actually the 'good guys' under Koizumi, in the sense of opposing an even more flexible reading of Article 9 and thus insisting on a somewhat greater degree of fidelity to the text. I guess time will tell what Ozawa's motives are here.

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