Asian Law Center Lecture:
Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Japan's Peace Constitution — Lessons to be Learned
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
4–6 p.m. (Reception to follow)
William H. Gates Hall Room 115
Japan's 1947 Constitution marked a radical shift in sovereignty — from a divine emperor to the people, his former subjects. Drafted and promulgated while Japan was under occupation by Allied military forces, it has earned the enduring resentment of Japan's nationalistic political leaders. In this lecture, Professor Repeta will describe current proposals for change, popular support for Article 9 (the peace provision), and possible scenarios as Japanese leaders contend with the Trump Administration, nationalistic pressure groups, an assertive China, and other disruptive forces.