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Workshop for the Reischauer-Keio Joint Research Project “The ‘Constitution’ of Postwar Japan”

Update:Dec. 24, 2015

Over two days from December 16-17, the first workshop for the Reischauer-Keio joint research project “The ‘Constitution’ of Postwar Japan” was held by the Keio University Faculty of Law and the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University at the East Research Building G-SEC Lab on Mita Campus.

Based on an agreement signed by both institutions, this joint research project is scheduled to run for three years starting in 2015. The theme for the first year was “History, Historians, and Public Issues.” Eleven participating Japanese and US researchers talked about Japan’s postwar “Constitution” from a variety of perspectives including citizen activism, environmental problems, and historical awareness. A student session with graduate students from Keio and Harvard also took place and a wide range of views and opinions were exchanged over the two days.

Professor Helen Hardacre of Harvard University and Professor Keigo Komamaura of the Keio University Faculty of Law
Professor Helen Hardacre of Harvard University(right) and Professor Keigo Komamaura of the Keio University Faculty of Law
President Atsushi Seike delivering the opening address
President Atsushi Seike delivering the opening address

Session 1:
Session 1: "'The People with whom Resides Sovereign Power': Environment, Citizen Activism, and Popular Sovereignty in Postwar Japan"
Session 2:
Session 2: "Establishment Constitutionalism in Postwar Japan: Regaining National Sovereignty, 'Incomplete fascism,' and Democracy"

Session 3:
Session 3: "Being Active: Guarantees and Limits on Realizing Japan's Constitution"
Student Session
Student Session

Photo: Aki Takematsu