We established the website of Japan Institute of Constitutional
Law in May, 2004.
Here is the address given by our director Makoto Ito at that
Let's talk about the Constitution
Director of JICL
May 10, 2004
Welcome to this website of the Japan Institute of Constitutional
Law. We would like to learn and think about the Constitution
together with the citizens. We would like to share the information
on constitutions of Japan and other countries.
On this website, we will introduce you various opinions and
books on the Constitution every week. We will also inform
you about civil actions and lawsuits regarding the Constitution.
We have a constitution database, too. We would like you to
make the most of this website to learn, think and transmit
messages and information about the Constitutions.
I think the most important value of the Japanese constitution
is respect for individuals. Each individual should be respected.
The three principles of the Japanese constitution of pacifism,
respect for fundamental human rights, and popular sovereignty
can be all derived from 'respect for individuals '. The right
for each citizen to live a decent life is more important than
the interests of the nation or groups. We see the world today
is in pain because this principle seems to have seen forgotten
and people are suffering from conflict, famine, environmental
crises, security crises etc. Now, we think it is the time
to remember the principle of 'respect for individuals'. We
have a mission to express this to the world.
The Constitution of Japan went into effect in 1947. It is
now at the point of its greatest ordeal. The Japanese ruling
party and the largest Opposition are trying to amend it. Many
Diet members support the amendments, but it is clear that
people don't have a complete picture of what the constitution
says, what kind of rights they have, and what they could lose.
I am deeply concerned about this situation. I have taught
constitution to many law students preparing for the Japanese
bar exam and other legal certifications, and I would like
to share this experience with many people all over the world.
I am looking forward to meeting you and your friends through
the JICL website and associated events.
|Born in 1958
1984 Qualified as a lawyer
1995 Opened 'Ito, Makoto's Bar Exam School to nurture
lawyers to realize constitutional principle.
Director of Japan Institute of Constitutional Law
Lecturer on constitution and law in various field