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Japan’s Prisoners of Conscience -- Protest and Law During the Iraq War




This book tells the story of the arrests and criminal prosecution of three peaceful protesters in Japan designated “Prisoners of Conscience” by Amnesty International during the Iraq War. While transporting readers into protest gatherings and courtrooms, it examines the larger issues raised by the police crackdown and its impact on the rule of law in a democratic society. Based on interviews with defendants, lawyers and eyewitnesses, and other Japanese language sources, the book carries rich descriptions of the individuals at the heart of the story, including the charismatic leader of the "Tachikawa Tent Village" who has been protesting since U.S. military forces were stationed in her hometown in the early post-war era. Authored by an attorney who has researched and written on Japan’s legal system for more than three decades, this book offers expert insights into the roles of the police, the news media, and the legal profession in shaping the right to free speech in Japan.

The Cambridge History of Japan. Vol. 3, The Modern Japanese Nation and Empire, ed. Laura Hein. London

Forthcoming !

Cambridge University Press

“The Struggle to Protect Individual Rights in Postwar Japan: Seven Decades of Progress" (pp. 223 - 260)


Japan in the Heisei Era (1989–2019)



"The fight for open government in the Heisei era"

Japan's open government movement continually expanded throughout the Heisei era. Launched in the 1970s by a handful of activists, it led to action at the national level when the Murayama administration appointed a committee of experts to draft an ‘information disclosure’ law in 1995. This served as the blueprint for a statute passed by the Diet in 1999. The 1999 law established a simple procedure that enables anyone to demand access to information held by national government agencies. Tens of thousands of requests are filed each year. Although the law designates categories exempt from disclosure, much valuable information is released. News reporters have used the law to produce countless stories based on otherwise non-public information. At times they have exposed cases of shocking government malfeasance. This chapter tells of the political struggle to adopt the information disclosure law and other open government reforms, illustrated by numerous examples related to consumer product safety, nuclear power regulation, deployment of Japan's military forces, operations of US military bases in Japan, and other topics of great interest to the Japanese people.

Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan - Second Edition



"Limiting fundamental rights protection in Japan: the role of the Supreme Court" (pp. 31 - 46)

This new and fully updated second edition of Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan provides undergraduate and graduate students with an interdisciplinary textbook written by leading specialists on contemporary Japan. Students will gain the analytical insights and information necessary to assess the challenges that confront the Japanese people, policymakers and private and public-sector institutions in Japan today. Featuring a comprehensive analysis of key debates and issues confronting Japan, issues covered include: A rapidly aging society and changing employment system Nuclear and renewable energy policy Gender discrimination Immigration and ethnic minorities Post-3/11 tsunami, earthquake and nuclear meltdown developments Sino-Japanese relations An essential reference work for students of contemporary Japan, it is also an invaluable source for a variety of courses, including comparative politics, anthropology, public policy and international relations.




"Chilling effects on news reporting in Japan's "anonymous society" " (pp. 93 - 109)

In twenty-first century Japan there are numerous instances of media harassment, intimidation, censorship and self-censorship that undermine the freedom of the press and influence how the news is reported. Since Abe returned to power in 2012, the recrudescence of nationalism under his leadership has emboldened right-wing activists and organizations targeting liberal media outlets, journalists, peace museums and ethnic Korean residents in Japan. This ongoing culture war involves the media, school textbooks, constitutional revision, pacifism and security doctrine. This text is divided into five sections that cover: Politics of press freedom; The legal landscape; History and culture; Marginalization; PR, public diplomacy and manipulating opinion. Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan brings together contributions from an international and interdisciplinary line-up of academics and journalists intimately familiar with the current climate, in order to discuss and evaluate these issues and explore potential future outcomes. It is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand contemporary Japan and the politics of freedom of expression and transparency in the Abe era. It will appeal to students, academics, Japan specialists, journalists, legal scholars, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and those engaged in human rights, media studies and Asian Studies.

Japan: The Precarious Future


NYU Press

"State Power versus Individual Freedom: Japan's Constitutional Past, Present, and Possible Futures" (with Colin Jones) (pp. 304 - 328)

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake off Japan’s northeast coast triggered a tsunami that killed more than 20,000 people, displaced 600,000, and caused billions of dollars in damage as well as a nuclear meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan, the world’s third largest economy, was already grappling with recovery from both its own economic recession of the 1990s and the global recession following the US-driven financial crisis of 2008 when the disaster hit, changing its fortunes yet again. This small, populous Asian nation—once thought to be a contender for the role of the world’s number one power—now faces a world of uncertainty. Japan’s economy has shrunk, China has challenged its borders, and it faces perilous demographic adjustments from decreased fertility and an aging populace, with the country’s population expected to drop to less than 100 million by 2048. In Japan: The Precarious Future, a group of distinguished scholars of Japanese economics, politics, law, and society examine the various roads that might lie ahead. Will Japan face a continued erosion of global economic and political power, particularly as China’s outlook improves exponentially? Or will it find a way to protect its status as an important player in global affairs? Contributors explore issues such as national security, political leadership, manufacturing prowess, diplomacy, population decline, and gender equality in politics and the workforce, all in an effort to chart the possible futures for Japan. Both a roadmap for change and a look at how Japan arrived at its present situation, this collection of thought-provoking analyses will be essential for understanding the current landscape and future prospects of this world power.

Asian Nationalisms Reconsidered



"Nationalism and the law : Japan's tale of two constitutions" (pp. 70 - 82)

Nationalism appears to be rising in a renascent Asia and stoking tensions, aspirations, and identity politics while amplifying grievances and raising questions about prospects in what is touted as the Asian century. This book provides a broad overview and introduction to nationalism in Asia. Leading experts in their fields succinctly convey key information and critical analysis useful to students in a range of courses across disciplines. Part I presents thematic chapters, mostly cross-national studies, that elucidate the roots and consequences of nationalism in these societies and the varying challenges they confront. Part II presents concise country case studies in Asia, providing an overview of what is driving contemporary nationalism and surveys the domestic and international implications. Approaching Asia from the perspective of nationalism facilitates a comparative, interdisciplinary analysis that helps readers better understand each society and what the ramifications of nationalism are for contemporary Asians, and the worlds that they (and we) participate in. Asian Nationalisms Reconsidered is an invaluable textbook for undergraduate courses and graduate seminars related to international relations, Asian Studies, political science, government, foreign policy, peace and conflict, and nationalism.

Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan - 1st Edition



"Limiting fundamental rights protection in Japan: the role of the Supreme Court" (pp. 37 - 51)

This book provides undergraduate and graduate students with an interdisciplinary compendium written by a number of leading specialists on contemporary Japan. Chapters reflect the standards of rigorous scholarly work, but also exceed them in their accessibility of language and engagement with concerns relevant to non-specialists. The probing analysis of key debates and issues confronting Japan make this ideal for college courses and an essential reference work on Japan/Asia for libraries. This book encompasses a range of disciplines in the social sciences and thus will be useful for a variety of courses including Comparative Politics, Media Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Asian Studies, International Relations, Public Policy, Healthcare, Education, Judicial Reform, Gender and Minority Studies. The strength of this volume is in the collective efforts of accomplished experts providing in-depth analysis and up-to-date comprehensive coverage of Japan in the 21st century. Students will gain the analytical insights and information necessary to assess the challenges that confront the Japanese people, policymakers and private and public sector institutions. Key issues covered in this volume include: Rapidly Aging society Changing Employment system Energy policy-Nuclear and Renewable Gender discrimination Immigration Ethnic minorities Trade policy Civil society Rural Japan Okinawa Post-3.11 Tsunami, earthquake, nuclear meltdown developments Internationalization Sino-Japanese relations East Asia’s divisive history

Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society



"Law and society in Japan" (pp. 75 - 88)

The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society is an interdisciplinary resource that focuses on contemporary Japan and the social and cultural trends that are important at the beginning of the twenty-first century. This Handbook provides a cutting-edge and comprehensive survey of significant phenomena, institutions, and directions in Japan today, on issues ranging from gender and family, the environment, race and ethnicity, and urban life, to popular culture and electronic media. Written by an international team of Japan experts, the chapters included in the volume form an accessible and fascinating insight into Japanese culture and society. As such, the Handbook will be an invaluable reference tool for anyone interested in all things Japanese. Students, teachers and professionals alike will benefit from the broad ranging discussions, useful links to online resources and suggested reading lists. The Handbook will be of interest across a wide range of disciplines including Japanese Studies, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Sociology and Asian Studies in general.

SOFT POWER Superpowers


East Gate Books

"Mr. Madison in the Twenty-first Century: Global Diffusion of the People's 'Right to Know'" (pp. 245 - 261)

The term "soft power" describes a country's ability to get what it wants by attracting rather than coercing others - by engaging hearts and minds through cultural and political values and foreign policies that other countries see as legitimate and conducive to their own interests. This book analyzes the soft power assets of the United States and Japan, and how they contributed to one of the most successful, if unlikely, bilateral relationships of the twentieth century. Sponsored by the U.S. Social Science Research Council and the Japan Foundation's Center for Global Partnership, the book brings together anthropologists, political scientists, historians, economists, diplomats, and others to explore the multiple axes of soft power that operate in the U.S.-Japanese relationship, and between the United States and Japan and other regions of the world.The contributors move beyond an "either-or" concept of hard versus soft power to a more dynamic interpretation, and demonstrate the important role of non-state actors in wielding soft power. They show how public diplomacy on both sides of the Pacific - bolstered by less formal influences such as popular cultural icons, product brands, martial arts, baseball, and educational exchanges - has led to a vibrant U.S.-Japanese relationship since World War II despite formidable challenges. Emphasizing the essentially interactive nature of persuasion, the book highlights an approach to soft power that has many implications for the world today.

闇を撃つ - Secrecy and the Future of America


Nippon Hyoron-sha

勝利するのは制限なき大統領権力か、それともアメリカの民主主義か。 ブッシュ政権の秘密主義に対して、開かれた政府を維持するため、情報自由法などの法律を武器に闘う弁護士や記者たちの記録。 * 国旗に包まれた棺桶/ラルフ・ベグライター * 「戦争でまる儲け」を暴く/ダニエル・ポリティー * アブグレイブとグアンタナモでの拷問/アムリット・シング * ブッシュ政権と石油業界の深いつながり/シャロン・ブッチーノ * 公益弁護の開拓者がチェイニーの秘密主義と対決/アラン・モリソン * アラスカ石油流出事故の真の被害を追及/リチャード・スタイナー * 石炭業界が消した山頂/ケン・ウォード・ジュニア * アシュクロフト司法長官の秘密逮捕を止める/ケイト・マーティン * 愛国者法下の秘密捜査を糾弾する/ジャミール・ジャーファ * コンピュータ、プライバシーとアメリカ合衆国憲法/デイヴィッド・ソベル * 元FBIの内部告発者を守る/マーク・ゼイド * FBIによる市民団体への諜報活動を曝す/ベン・ワイズナー * ニクソンとブッシュ:大統領文書をめぐる闘い/スコット・ネルソン * FBIに違法謀報を謝罪させる/セス・ローゼンフェルド * 民主主義に未来はあるか/スティーブン・アフターグッド

MEMOがとれない - 最高裁に挑んだ男たち




日本の株式市場の規制を学ぶために来日した一米国青年。 政治家と株式ブローカーの癒着による株価操作事件を裁判所で傍聴し、裁判の内容をメモに記す彼の前に、メモ禁止の厚い壁がはだかった。 裁判所でメモをとる自由を求めて、男たちの闘いが始まった!
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