July 17, 2017

Today, I want to write about human rights in the Japanese Constitution. Human rights have three characteristics: peculiarity, impenetrability, and universality. Human rights are obvious rights possessed by human beings, they shall not be violated by the government, and shall be enjoyed by all people regardless of race, gender, status, or other differences. Four Types [...]

July 14, 2017

Today, I want to talk about one of the three basic principles of the Japanese Constitution: Pacifism. Article 9 The famous pacifist provision of Japan's Constitution is stipulated as follows in Article 9:   “Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right [...]

July 13, 2017

Today, I want to talk about the revised sex crime law in Japan that passed the parliament last month and was enforced today. Revision of Sex Crime Law The revision of the century-old criminal law imposes tougher prison terms for sex offenders, raising the minimum sentence for rape from three years to five years. the definition [...]

July 11, 2017

Today, I'm going to talk about the guarantee of fundamental human rights, one of the three key elements of the Japanese Constitution, along with pacifism and popular sovereignty. Article 97 Article 97 of the Constitution states as follows: The fundamental human rights by this Constitution guaranteed to the people of Japan are fruits of the age-old struggle of man to be [...]

July 10, 2017

Today, I want to talk about the Anti-Conspiracy Bill (共謀罪, きょうぼうざい, kyōbōzai), i.e. the 'Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Proceeds' that passed on June 15th, 2017. Outline of the Law The law allows authorities to target terror conspiracies. It criminalizes the plotting and committing of 277 acts, banning the procurement of [...]

July 8, 2017 (2)

Japan passed a bill on the promotion of research whaling on the 16th last month (商業捕鯨の実施等のための鯨類科学調査の実施に関する法律 (Provisional Translation: Act on the Implementation of Scientific Research of Whales for the Implementation, Etc. of Commercial Whaling). Whaling, by definition, is the hunting of whales for their usable products like meat, oil, and blubber. However, the International Whaling [...]

July 8, 2017

Today, I'm going to discuss a basic principle in the Japanese constitution--namely, the rule of law. This is a legal principle that stipulates the government of a nation by laws rather than individual government officials. It ensures that all citizens are subject to the law, including the lawmakers. It stands in contrast to governments where [...]

July 7, 2017

Today, I'm going to talk a little about the constitution of Japan. The Japanese constitution was enacted on May 3, 1947 in post-war Japan. It's approximately 5000 words and consists of a preamble with 103 articles grouped in 11 chapters. The eleven chapters are the following: I. The Emperor (Articles 1–8) II. Renunciation of War [...]