SESSION 1 - Constitutional Revision Since 1973 and Beyond - September 26 (Thursday): 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Session 1 presents four speakers and respondents who address different perspectives on the revision of the constitution: as an historical phenomenon reaching back to the Meiji period, as an issue of constitutional law, from the perspective of domestic politics, and as a current problem in Japan's foreign relations.
1:00 p.m. Welcome Remarks: Michio MURAMATSU, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, Kyoto University & Deputy Director of the Research Center for Science Systems, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
1:15 Speaker: Kazuhiro TAKII, International Research Center for Japanese Research (Nichibunken)
Respondent: Timothy GEORGE, University of Rhode Island
1:45 Speaker: Keigo KOMAMURA, Keio University
Respondent: Masamichi OGAWARA, Keio University
2:15 Question & Discussion
2:45 Break
3:00 Speaker: Kenneth MCELWAIN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Respondent: Shinju FUJIHIRA, Harvard University
3:30 Speaker: Alexis DUDDEN, University of Connecticut
Respondent: Franziska SERAPHIM, Boston College
4:00 Question & Discussion
SESSION 2 - The Question of Change: Forty Years of Japan - September 27 (Friday): 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Session 2 examines the period 1973 to the present from the vantage point of four disciplines: history, religious studies, sociology, and media studies. Each of the four panels composing this session pairs a scholar from Japan with a faculty member from Japanese studies at Harvard. Each panel will highlight key events and examine central issues in a particular field, in a multifaceted presentation. Ample time will be provided for discussion, and a final wrap-up session will take stock of the conference's deliberations as a whole. In the first panel (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) Professors Shun'ya Yoshimi (Tokyo University) and Andrew Gordon take up history and historical studies. In the second panel (10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.), Professors Nobutaka Inoue (Kokugakuin University) and Helen Hardacre address religion and religious studies. The third panel (1:30 to 3:00 p.m.) features Professors Emiko Ochiai (Kyoto University) and Mary Brinton's presentations on Japanese society and the sociology of Japan. In the final panel (3:15 to 4:45 p.m.) Professors Kaichiro Morikawa (Meiji University) and Alexander Zahlten examine the development of Japanese media and media studies. From 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. there will be a wrap-up session to reflect on the 40th Anniversary Conference as a whole.
9:15 a.m.

Welcome Address: Theodore C. BESTOR, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and Japanese Studies, and Director, Reischauer Institute, Harvard University

History and Historical Studies - "The End of Postwar Japan?"
Shun'ya YOSHIMI, University of Tokyo
Andrew GORDON, Harvard University

10:45 Break
11:00 Religion and Religious Studies - "New and Traditional Japanese Religions in the Information and Global Age: Considering Changes Since the Mid-1970s"
Nobutaka INOUE, Kokugakuin University
Helen HARDACRE, Harvard University
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 Japanese Society and Sociology of Japan - "Women and Children First? Gender Relations and Family Change across 40 Years"
Emiko OCHIAI, Kyoto University
Mary C. BRINTON, Harvard University
3:00 Break
3:15 Japanese Media and Media Studies - "The Rise of Amateur/Otaku Popular Culture in the 1970s & Issues of Archiving
Kaichiro MORIKAWA, Meiji University
Alexander ZAHLTEN, Harvard University
4:45 Break
5:00 - 6:00 Wrap-Up Discussion