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The Constitution of Japan: A Contextual Analysis


ISBN13: 9781841137926
Published: November 2010
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £25.99



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Japan boasts the second largest economy in the world and almost two thousand years of history. Yet, its first modern constitution, the Meiji Constitution, was not enacted until comparatively recently (1889). Since then, following World War II, Japan adopted and ratified its current Constitution, the Japanese Constitution of 1946.

This book is designed to explain the outline of Japan’s Constitution, together with a number of its unique characteristics and to offer an historical background and context which help explain its significance. Major topics covered include the constitutional history of Japan, fundamental principles of the Constitution, the people and the Emperor, the Diet and legislative power, Cabinet and executive power, and the Judiciary and judicial power. Also discussed is the protection of fundamental human rights, individual rights - including freedom of expression - economic freedoms, social rights, democratic and procedural rights, pacifism and national defence.

Although the Japanese Constitution was enacted under the strong influence of the United States Constitution, many of its features are very different. For instance; the existence of an Emperor, the long dominance of the Conservative party over the Government, the relatively strong power of government bureaucrats, the absence of a leadership role in the Prime Minister, the small role the judiciary play in solving constitutional disputes and the struggle over national defence.

Written in an accessible style and comprehensive in content, the reader will find this account of the constitutional law of Japan both unique and stimulating.

Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law, Other Jurisdictions , Japan
Contents:
1. The Constitution: Context And History
Introduction
Part I: Constitutional Context
Part II: History
Part III: Sources Of Constitutional Law
Part IV: Supremacy of the Constitution
Part V: Fundamental Principles of the Japanese Constitution
Conclusion
Further Reading
2. The Constitution, the People and the Emperor
Introduction
Part I: The Popular Sovereignty Principle
Part II: The People
Part II: Election and Political Party
Part IV: The Emperor
Conclusion
Further Reading
3. The Diet and the Legislative Power
Introduction
Part I: The Diet
Part II: Powers of the Diet
Part III: Legislative Process 78
Part IV: Legislators and Bureaucrats: Reality of the Legislative Process
Conclusion
Further Reading
4. The Cabinet and the Executive Power
Introduction
Part I: The Status of the Cabinet and the Prime Minister
Part II: The Powers of the Cabinet
P art III: The Relationship Between the Cabinet and the Diet
Part IV: The Prime Minister, the Cabinet and Bureaucrats
Part V: Legal Control of the Executive
Conclusion
Further Reading
5. The Courts and the Judicial Power
Introduction
Part I: The Courts
Part II: Justiciability
Part III: The Power of Judicial Review
Conclusion
Further Reading
6. The Protection of Fundamental Human Rights: Structural Issues
Introduction
Part I: Fundamental Human Rights
Part II: Applicability of Constitutional Rights
Part III: Restrictions on Fundamental Human Rights
Conclusion
Further Reading
7. The Protection of Fundamental Human Rights: Specific Rights
Introduction
Part I: Equality
Part II: Personal Freedoms
Part III: Economic Freedoms
Part IV: Social Rights
Conclusion
Further Reading
8. Pacifism And National Defence
Introduction
Part I: Pacifism
Part II: The Self-Defence Force
Part III: The Japan–United States Mutual Security Treaty
Part IV: The Constitution and International Peace Cooperation
Conclusion
Further Reading
9. Constitutional Amendment and Reforms
Introduction
Part I: Constitutional Amendment
Part II: Amending the Japanese Constitution or Enacting a New Constitution
Conclusion
Further Reading

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