Against the backdrop of the rise of Chinese military power in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s top priority is to change the interpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, which has long been thought to prohibit the exercise of collective self-defense. Apparently, Abe also aims to revise the present pacifist constitution in toto in the near future. The presenters will discuss various aspects of the changing legal landscape of and surrounding Japan.
Yoshiaki Sato is Professor of International Law at Seikei University. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo (LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D.). Professor Sato is a member of the Council on East Asian Community, a leading intellectual organization to study the possibility of East Asian integration, headed by Yasuhiro Nakasone, ex-Prime Minister of Japan.
Keisuke Mark Abe is Professor of Comparative Law at Seikei University. A graduate of the University of Tokyo (LL.B., Ph.D.) and of Harvard Law School (LL.M.), he teaches Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, and Bioethics and Law. He also is an attorney admitted to the Bar of the State of New York. Professor Abe is not related in any way to Shinzo Abe.
Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften – Japanologie, Seminarraum 1