1597 - Nation Building in Japan: From Samuri to Renunciation of War to "Collective Self-Defense"
The course will discuss the development of the current Japanese state from before the first Samurai government in the 13th Century to the dissolution of central Government (although the retention of the Emperor) to Reunification and the Tokugawa Shogunate era, the “opening of Japan” by Admiral Perry of the United States and his “black ships” heralding the Meiji Restoration and Japanese militarism, the Second World War, the American Occupation and Japan's modern Constitutional Renunciation of War to its 2014 Cabinet Declaration changing the interpretation of the Constitution to allow for “collective self-defense” and the 2015 legislation to carry out the Declaration. The role of law (and/or the lack of law) in these developments and the role of the United States in the more recent developments will be discussed with the inquiry: “Is the Cabinet Declaration allowing ‘collective self-defense’ ultimately in the US or Japanese interest”? Finally, we will examine potential amendments the LDP (ruling party in Japan) wishes to make in the Constitution. Lecture (plus questions).
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