The speakers: Colin P.A. Jones and Andrea Ortolani

The Annotated Constitution of Japan: A Handbook for the first time makes the entirety of Japanʼs constitution accessible in English. The book consists of a historical and contextual overview of how the constitution came into being, followed by descriptions of each of its 103 articles; the meaning of the text, interpretive disputes, academic theories and leading cases arising under them. The book also points out the many subtle distinctions between the English version and the Japanese, some of which arose from the charterʼs unique provenance. 

With contributors representing a broad range of expertise in various areas of Japanese law, the book is written to appeal to academics, students and general readers alike. It is intended to be the first port of call for anyone needing to understand the fundamentals of Japanese constitutional law, whether from the perspective of Japanese studies, comparative law, or political science, but unable to access the text and related literature available in Japanese. 

Colin P.A. Jones will offer some observations about how the constitution is understood (and misunderstood), and how it impacts day-to-day life in Japan, including fields such as criminal justice, family law and the rights of foreigners, as well as prospects for constitutional amendment.

Jones is a professor at Doshisha University Law School in Kyoto. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, he did graduate work at Tohoku University (LL.M.) and Duke Law School (J.D., LL.M.). He is also a lawyer admitted to the bar in New York and the Republic of Palau (inactive status) He has published widely in both Japanese and English, with a particular focus on Japanese law. His books include The Japanese Legal System and The Japanese Legal System in a Nutshell (both from West Academic and co-authored with Frank Ravitch) and Obey, Not Know: Essays in Japanese Law and Society (Kurodahan Press).

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Dinner is served from 6:15 pm. The presentation starts from 7:15 pm. 

Menu: Salad/ Sauteed Chicken with Mushroom Cream Sauce/ Bread/ Chocolate Ice Cream/ Coffee or Tea with One Drink. Book Break charges are 3,000 yen/ 4,000 yen (members/ non-members) per person. 

FCCJ members can sign up at the reception desk. Reservations cancelled less than 72 hours in advance will be charged in full.

Non-members can reserve at the reception desk by email ( Payment is in advance till Thursday, October 5th, 2023. No refund is available unless the event is cancelled by FCCJ. 

Online attendance (via Zoom) is available at 550 yen per person. Please indicate the intention to attend online when signing up. Details on how to join online will be sent to individual emails after their reservations are confirmed. 

Attendees with food restriction should inform the reception desk ( three days before the event. Thank you.

(The talk will be in English)

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