Tag - constitution



The Liberal Democratic Party's Gen Nakatani (center) speaks at the Lower House Constitution Commission on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 14, 2024
LDP scraps plan for constitution revision this Diet session
The conservative wing of the party is likely to lash out against the failure to achieve constitutional revision.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses a panel discussing active cyberdefense at the Prime Minister's Office on Friday.
Jun 7, 2024
Kishida wants active cyberdefense bill to be drawn up swiftly
The government hopes to submit the envisaged legislation as soon as the next parliamentary session.
A peace rally on Constitution Memorial Day in Tokyo on May 3. Japan’s identity as a pacifist nation is shifting as the government strengthens its military, but many don’t agree with the policy.
May 27, 2024
Government and society are at odds on national security
Tokyo posits itself as a mutual defense ally of the U.S., but polls show that while the public wants a stronger military, changes should align with the peace Constitution.
With less than two months left before the conclusion of the current session of parliament, any possibility that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida can deliver constitutional reform before the end of his term as Liberal Democratic Party president in late September, as he has promised, appears remote.
JAPAN / Politics
May 4, 2024
Debate on constitutional revision at a standstill despite Kishida's pledges
Lawmakers are instead focusing their attention on reviewing the political funds control law in the wake of the LDP's slush funds scandal.
Two plaintiffs filed a lawsuit with Osaka District Court in hopes of sparking a wider discussion on the rights of death row prisoners.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 15, 2024
Death-row inmates' lawsuit targeting same-day notifications of executions dismissed
The judge said the plaintiffs' social standing — being death row inmates — doesn't allow them to avoid execution when they are notified.
A boy watches Self-Defense Forces live-fire drills in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, in 2017. Japan’s defense posture is shifting, as the government’s recent approval of new arms export regulations signals.  
Apr 1, 2024
Is Japan leaving pacifism behind?
How a previous generation of Japanese leaders, those who made defense budget and arms export limits a national credo, would view the current shift.
Japan’s Cabinet agreed to ease defense export rules for the nation’s next-generation fighter jet, a concept model of which is seen on display here at a defense show in Chiba in March 2023.
Mar 29, 2024
Japan greenlights its defense industry
The government's steps on easing defense export rules will allow Japanese companies to participate more fully in the global market for defense equipment.
Plaintiffs, lawyers and supporters march to the Tokyo District Court on Nov. 30, the same day the court ruled that Japan’s lack of legal protections for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.
Oct 27, 2023
Japan's 'failed' same-sex marriage lawsuits can still propel reform
Even unsuccessful cases challenging Japan’s failure to recognize same-sex marriage have gotten courts to acknowledge a constitutional problem.
The decision by the Supreme Court's First Petty Bench will let stand lower court rulings that acknowledged the constitutionality of a legal requirement that Japanese who gain foreign nationality must give up their original citizenship.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 2, 2023
Supreme Court upholds Japan's ban on dual nationality
The eight plaintiffs, who live overseas, had argued that foreign nationality was necessary to facilitate their work and lives abroad.
Kaoru Sasaki (center) and her lawyers head to the Sapporo District Court on Monday for a damages suit seeking spousal benefits relating to her same-sex relationship.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 11, 2023
Sapporo court denies spousal benefits to same-sex couple
According to lawyers, the lawsuit is Japan's first centered on the family relationship of same-sex partners.
Sept. 7, 1998
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Sep 4, 2023
Japan Times 1923: Foreigners leave; destroyers are here
When a 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Kanto on Sept. 1 a century ago, The Japan Times resorted to daily bulletins before returning to normal on the 17th.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2023
Japan deems export of lethal defense equipment feasible: source
The Japanese government says that armed noncombat vehicles and ships can be exported under the nation's stringent regulations on weapons exports.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 2, 2023
Japan split over accelerating parliamentary debate on revising Constitution: poll
The survey showed 49% of respondents said the parliament needs to accelerate discussion on amendments to the supreme law, while 48% said it does not.
Japan Times
Apr 26, 2023
Japan ruling parties hold first talks on easing weapon export rules
The LDP hopes to lift a virtual arms export ban by easing Japan's guidelines on the overseas transfer of defense equipment and technology drawn up under its pacifist Constitution.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 10, 2023
Japan's Supreme Court finds My Number system constitutional
In the court's first judgment on the constitutionality of the system, the First Petty Bench rejected appeals filed by citizens who sought court orders to halt the use of the system.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 8, 2023
Would gender quotas for lawmakers work in Japan?
Experts both at home and abroad say quotas are the fastest way to achieve gender equality in politics, but there are many factors at play, both legally and culturally.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 26, 2023
Kishida rallies LDP members ahead of April local elections
The prime minister said his ruling party will focus on issues surrounding wage hikes, constitutional revision and imperial succession.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 24, 2023
Japanese court orders government to pay damages over forced sterilization
The Shizuoka District Court found the defunct 1948 law was unconstitutional and awarded ¥16.5 million to the plaintiff, who claimed she underwent sterilization surgery in 1970.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 22, 2023
Tokyo High Court dismisses challenge to Japan's ban on dual nationality
The decision endorsed a lower court ruling that dual citizenship 'could cause conflict in the rights and obligations between countries, as well as between the individual and the state.'
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 25, 2023
Japan's Supreme Court rules 2021 vote-value disparity constitutional
Among the 15 justices of the top court's Grand Bench, 14 ruled the 2021 Lower House election was constitutional, while one said it was unconstitutional.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world