Abe wants to gut public protections: expert

Jun 29, 2013

Abe wants to gut public protections: expert

by Tomoko Otake

If the Liberal Democratic Party succeeds in rewriting the Constitution, it would severely scale back fundamental human rights and strip the public of various civil liberties, a prominent constitutional scholar warns. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, while focusing for now on his economic policies, looks ...

Jun 29, 2013

Upcoming election's critical issue

Before the July 21 election, don't expect the LDP to talk much about the need to revise Article 96 of the Constitution, but it's in the party's campaign platform.

Article 96 invites sent out to Ishin, Your Party

May 5, 2013

Article 96 invites sent out to Ishin, Your Party

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged opposition groups Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) and Your Party to help him revise Article 96 of the Constitution to make it easier to amend the supreme code. “I’m asking for cooperation in forming a majority” ...

May 4, 2013

Constitutional values at stake

Constitution Day (May 3) is a good time to scrutinize recent statements by political leaders who seek to make imprudent revisions to Japan's Constitution.