Washington Law Review


John M. Maki


This examination of Japan's constitutional style is based on the manner in which the following factors have contributed to its development or have become elements of it: past constitutional history, the broad reaction against militarism and authoritarianism, basic constitutional principles, the renunciation of war, the electoral system, the structure of government, the relationship between the government and the people, education and the mass media, the intellectuals, changing social relations, popular controversy and the issue of revision. The conclusion will be that the 1947 Constitution has been firmly woven into the general institutional framework of Japanese society and will endure. Even so, neither the Constitution nor the constitutional style will be immutable; embedded in Japanese society they will change as the society changes.

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