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Japan's "Emergency Declaration" and Measures to Control the Virus (Online)

Japan-America Society of the state of Washington


Japan’s Rate of COVID-19 infections is far lower than the US and other western countries. There is an ongoing debate over the reasons why. PM Abe’s emergency declaration, in effect from April 7 through May 25, did not adopt penalties for non-compliance. Meanwhile, public health measures somehow became entangled in demands to revise Japan’s Constitution. We will sort through these issues and seek a deeper understanding of the state of Japan today.​

"Climate Change" in Japan's Criminal Justice System

2019 Japanese Law Symposium @ University of Hawaii


"Climate Change" in Japan's  Criminal Justice System.

A look at lay Judge trails, the case of Mr. Carlos Ghosn, and other investigations.

Panel1 : "Carlos Ghosn and 'Hostage Justice' - Applying International Law to Japan's Long Pre-Trail Detentions" | Lawrence Repeta retired professor of Law at Meiji University

Free Speech in Japan - Forms of Speech, Forms of Suppression

University of Oregon


- "Rethinking Free Speech in East Asia" Lecture series -

Words declaring protection for “freedom of assembly and association, as well as speech, press, and all other forms of expression” were inserted into Japan’s Constitution in the aftermath of World WarⅡ. What is the state of these freedoms in Japan today ? Are these mere words on an old document or do they have a real impact on the daily lives of the people and the care institutions of society ? We’ll search for the answer to these questions in common forms of political speech and specific cases of police surveillance and suppression of speech deemed undesirable by the authorities.

"National Security and Human Rights - Japan's Constitutional debate"

Leiden University in the Netherlands


I enjoyed the opportunity to participate at a symposium on "Japan’s Constitutional Revision Debate" at Leiden University in the Netherlands on May 4.  Hats off to the Leiden team for pulling together a first-rate group of specialists.

Panel One: Security Moderated by Bryce Wakefield, Leiden University

Speakers: Christopher Hughes, Warwick University; Akiko Kamei, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan; Craig Martin, Washburn University School of Law; Kenneth Mori McElwain, University of Tokyo.

Panel Two: Human Rights Moderated by Erik Herber, Leiden University

Speakers: Lawrence Repeta, Meiji University (emer.); Sanae Fujita, University of Essex; Mitsuhiro Wada, Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

“What does the Courtroom Notes Case teach us today?”

Nagoya University Law School