Constitutional Revision Research Project

The Constitutional Revision in Japan Research Project (CRJP) was formed in 2005 to examine constitutionalism in Japan, with a particular focus on the current initiative to revise the postwar constitution. The Project hosts several meetings throughout the academic year to analyze and discuss the issues involved in constitutional revision, especially those connected with concepts of national and ethnic identity, women's social participation, the emperor and imperial succession, national defense, and issues of religion and state.

On November 3, 2017, the seventieth anniversary of the promulgation of the Constitution of Japan, the Project hosted the third and culminating conference as part of a joint research agreement linking the Reischauer Institute and the Keio University Faculty of Law. Bringing together scholars from Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, and the US, this conference focused on civil society activism and participation in debate surrounding constitutional revision in Japan, as well as the current debate as an aspect of Japanese domestic politics and international relations.