Constitutional Reform in Japan: Prospects, Process, and Implications

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 @ 10:00am
Drapkin Lounge
Mar 13
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 @ 10:00am
Drapkin Lounge

On September 20, 2018, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe overwhelmingly won re-election as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP), putting him on track to be Japan’s longest-serving prime minister and reviving his desire to place constitutional reforms on the domestic political agenda.  The Japanese constitution has not been amended during the 70-plus years since its adoption, yet has been a subject of debate almost from the moment of the document’s inception -- a debate that has gained momentum in recent years in light of Japan’s changing role within the shifting global security landscape.  

This conference will address three aspects of constitutional reform in Japan: (i) the domestic political landscape; (ii) comparative legal perspectives drawing on the experiences of other countries; and (iii) implications of change from political, strategic and social viewpoints. 

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AGENDA

10:00 – 10:15:      Registration

10:15 – 10:20:     Welcome

Nobuhisa Ishizuka, Executive Director, Center for Japanese Legal Studies, Columbia Law School

10:20 – 10:30:     Opening Remarks

Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

10:30 – 12:00:     Panel 1:  Domestic Political Landscape

Takako Hikotani, Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Columbia University (Moderator)

Kenneth Mori McElwain, Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

Daniel M. Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Government, Harvard University

12:15 – 1:15:       Lunch Address

Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History, Columbia University

1:30 – 3:00:         Panel 2:  Implications of Change

Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (Moderator)

Hideshi Tokuchi, Former Vice-Minister of Defense for International Affairs, Japan Ministry of Defense

Helen Hardacre, Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

3:00 – 4:30:         Panel 3:  Comparative Perspectives

Nobuhisa Ishizuka, Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School (Moderator)

Rosalind Dixon, Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

Jongcheol Kim, Professor of Law, Yonsei University School of Law

Menaka Guruswamy, BR Ambedkar Research Scholar and Lecturer, Columbia Law School

Closing Remarks

                Nobuhisa Ishizuka, Columbia Law School

4:30 – 5:30:           Reception

                Drapkin Lounge

 

This event is sponsored by

Center for Japanese Legal Studies, Columbia Law School

Council on Foreign Relations

Toshiba Library, Columbia Law School

Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

 

Contact Info: 
For any questions related to this event, please contact Paulette Roberts at [email protected] .
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