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33 Colum. J. Asian L. 1 (2019-2020)

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   COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF ASIAN LAW
 VOLUME   33             FALL  2019               NUMBER   1



                       SYMPOSIUM



   CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM IN JAPAN: PROSPECTS,
              PROCESS, AND IMPLICATIONS

                       INTRODUCTION

                       Nobuhisa Ishizuka

       Japan's constitution has remained unchanged for over 70 years
since its adoption. With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's re-election as the
leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) in 2018,
the issue of constitutional revision has gained renewed attention. On
March 13, 2019 the Center for Japanese Legal Studies at Columbia Law
School co-hosted, with the Council on Foreign Relations, a full-day
conference on Constitutional Reform in Japan: Prospect, Process, and
Implications. Three panels of distinguished experts examined the
domestic political landscape in Japan, provided comparative legal
perspectives, and considered the  political, strategic, and social
implications of proposed changes.
       The following articles are an outgrowth of papers presented at
the conference. The intention of the conference was not to advocate for
a specific position-pro or con-on constitutional amendment. Rather,
it was designed to provide a forum for a diverse group of political
scientists, historians, legal scholars, and former government officials to
discuss the issues surrounding the constitutional reform debate in Japan
from multiple perspectives. The intent of the conference was to select
certain aspects of the debate that seemed particularly informative to
understanding the current political dynamics within Japan and present
new perspectives important to understanding its context, which would
be  of professional interest to broader observers of the current
environment in Asia.
       In the first article Constitutional Reform in Japan, I provide an
overall context for the amendment debate, tracing its development from


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