The Constitutional Case Law of Japan

Selected Supreme Court Decisions, 1961-70

Hiroshi Itoh and Lawrence W. Beer

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  • Published: 1978
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies / Japan; Law
  • Bibliographic information: 288 pp., 6 x 9.25 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Series: Americana Library (AL)
  • Contents

The Constitutional Case Law of Japan, 1970 through 1990, contains translations of 47 Japanese judicial decisions, selected after consultation with leading Japanese constitutional lawyers and judges. Landmark decisions, cases considered legally, socially, or politically importatn, and cases of special interest to the foreign scholar are included. Major areas covered are the renunciation of war, equality of rights, economic freedoms, rights related to the quality of life, rights of participation in election politics, procedural rights, and rights and freedoms of the spirit. A substantial introduction gives an overview of Japan's constutionalism since 1945, and concisely explains the constitutional system and the courts and their roles. Brief summaries of the cases translated and cases not translated are provided.
Abbreviations and Legends
Relationships between Forms, Levels, and Types of Law
The Diet, the Cabinet, and the Courts
Local Autonomy
Taxation under the Constitution
Equality of Rights under the Law
The Economic Freedoms of Citizens
Rights Related to the Quality of Socioeconomic Life
the Right to Participate in Election Politics
Procedural Questions
Intellectual Rights and Freedoms
Appendix 1. Supreme Court Justices of Japan, 1961-1970
Appendix 2. Organization Chart of Japan's Judicial System, and Map of Court Jurisdictions in Japan
Appendix 3. The Constitution of Japan
Selected Bibliography