|All human beings are born free and equal in dignity
The Constitution tells the government to protect the people,
but sometimes its principles are ignored by powerful political
forces. In Japan, there were many cases of that kind and we
still have the same problems. Japan Institute of Constitutional
Law[JICL] is a private non-profit organization dedicated to
research and public education on the principles of the Constitution.
It declares the dignity of individuals, pacifism and fundamental
human rights, that's why we think it worth to protect. We would
like to create a better life together with all the peace-loving
people of the world.
We should treasure our peaceful Japanese Constitution!
JICL conducts research, prepares documentation, engages in
litigation, andorganizes local citizen groups to work for
reform. We can deliver lectures or workshops overseas too.
'JICL Constitutional Document Database'
Surprisingly, no other organization has ever provided a sufficient
database on the Japanese Constitution. We would like to build
one as soon as possible, which is aimed at ordinary citizens'
use as well as scholars and academic fields. The Constitution
should protect the weakest citizens, and they should know
We also help the constitutional lawsuits, by giving advice
from our guest researchers who are prominent constitutional
scholars in Japan.
A website full of information on the Constitution!
JICL will introduce various ideas and proposals on the Constitution,
made by constitutional scholars and people from various fields.
There will also be news of events, books and other information
on human rights activities.
Japanese 'Peaceful' Constitution for all the world!
JICL will introduce the Japanese Constitution in English
and other languages and organize international events to promote
The Japan Institute of Constitutional Law[JICL] was established
on the3rd of November, 2002 on the 56th anniversary of the
proclamation of the Constitution of Japan. We welcome constitutional
scholars to be JICL guest researchers and share this special
feeling for 'peace' and help us in research and administration.
The website of REISHAUER INSTITUTE of JAPANESE STUDIES
is introducing the website of JICL.
This institute opposes revision of Article 9, popular election
of the Prime Minister, structural revision of the Prefectural
Governments, and the process of constitutional revision. It
also opposes revising the current constitution without further
discussion and understanding of its principles. The website
is very large and contains an online database of numerous
books and theses regarding constitutions. These sources are
categorized so that browsers can reach a large number of books
related to a specific subject; however, this institution only
introduces basic information (name of the book, author, the
year published, etc.) about the sources but not their content.
The website also introduces a series of articles explaining
constitution-related issues for junior and senior high school
students, as well as a large amount of constitution-related
movements, articles, events, court judgments, and movies.