PM Abe’s drive to amend the Constitution: Can he overcome the hurdles?

Author: Takenaka Harukata

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

Prime Minister Abe is aiming to amend the Constitution of Japan by 2020. But support for his administration has declined sharply, and if he insists on pushing ahead with the amendment process according to his intended schedule, he runs the risk of failing both at revising the Constitution and at holding on to power.

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Beyond article 9: Broader considerations for Japanese constitutional reform

Author: Inoue Takeshi

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

In Japan, debate over constitutional revision tends to focus narrowly on such hot-button issues as Article 9 and the status of the emperor. Constitutional scholar Inoue Takeshi argues for a broader conversation—encompassing such issues as environmental rights, gender parity, and intergenerational equity—to pave the way for reforms needed to strengthen and modernize Japan’s democracy.

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Sasakawa USA Fellow Tobias Harris quoted in New York Times article on President Trump and Prime Minister Abe

Author: New York Times

Categories: In the News, Sasakawa USA Blog

Sasakawa USA Fellow Tobias Harris was quoted in an August 11 New York Times article on the impact of President Donald Trump’s tough rhetoric towards North Korea on Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s constitutional revision goals and public approval.

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Adm. Dennis Blair’s Chairman’s Message covered by Japanese media

Author: Asahi Shimbun

Categories: In the News, Sasakawa USA Blog

Asahi Shimbun recently provided Japanese-language coverage of Sasakawa USA Chairman Adm. Dennis Blair’s comments in his Chairman’s Message, published in May. An article published to the newspaper’s website highlighted Adm. Blair’s thoughts on the need for a revision to Japan’s constitution, and the development of Japan’s Self Defense Forces.

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Public remains undecided on constitutional revision

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse, Sasakawa USA Blog

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated that he would prioritize the revision of Japan’s constitution by 2020, reordering the political agenda and staking his government on the pursuit of the prime minister’s longtime goal. Yet, the need to win a referendum means that public opinion will cast a shadow over the entire process

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