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FIVE DECADES OF CONSTITUTIONALISM IN JAPANESE SOCIETY, edited by Yoshio Higuchi. University of Tokyo Press, 2001, 368 pp., 8,000 yen.

To be sure, there is no shortage of domestic analysis and debate by, for and among the Japanese. It would be difficult indeed to point to a nation with a more active publishing industry. How then can we account for the almost deafening silence of these highly literate people on the global stage?

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