Constitutional stability in Japan not due to popular approval

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The Japanese Constitution has never experienced any amendment since its enactment in 1947. This article claims that the reason is not the Japanese people's support of it from the heart. The hypothesis presented in this article is that many other political, structural and cultural reasons have gradually deprived the Constitution's normative force among people, and have made constitutional amendment unnecessary in Japanese politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-283
Number of pages21
JournalGerman Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 1


  • Constitutional amendment
  • Constitutional stability
  • Goken-ha and Kaiken-ha
  • Japanese Constitution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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