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The Constitutional Revision in Japan Research Project of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University and the Faculty of Law at Keio University signed an agreement on May 15, 2015 for a three-year period of joint research. The project is titled, The "Constitution" of Postwar Japan, adopting the double meaning in English of the word constitution, as a nation’s basic code of law on the one hand, and on the other, following the Oxford English Dictionary, “The way in which anything is constituted or made up; the arrangement or combination of its parts or elements, as determining its nature and character.” The intention of the project is to use debate surrounding Japan’s basic law code as a springboard for broader investigations of the issues shaping contemporary Japan.

Over the three years, workshops will be held at Keio in the first and second years, culminating in a conference at Harvard in the third year. Depending on the outcome, joint research may be continued for a further two years. Research results will be published in both Japanese and English. Professor Keigo Komamura (Keio University) and Professor Helen Hardacre (Harvard University) are the project's co-directors.

This website will house information on our joint research program, including its personnel, activities, and research results. To the greatest extent possible, information will be provided in both Japanese and English. This site also contains a link to the web archive and related research materials of the Constitutional Revision in Japan Research Project, where users will find a variety of materials relating to the issue of constitutional revision in Japan.

2015年5月15日、ハーバード大学ライシャワー日本研究所の日本憲法改正研究プロジェクトは「The "Constitution" of Postwar Japan」という慶應義塾大学の法学部との3年間の共同研究プロジェクトに合意しました。「Constitution」は二種の意味があります。ひとつは「国家の基本的な条件を定めた根本法」、もうひとつは「人や物が構成される方法、あるいは、何かを形成・確立する行為」を意味します。当プロジェクトの目的は、日本の基本法に関する討論を現代日本を形作る課題を調査審議する機会として用いることです。