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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School Liberal Arts Education Program
Lecture Code 62153004 Subject Classification Area Courses
Subject Name 日本国憲法
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Japanese Constitution
Instructor HATA HIROTO
ハタ ヒロト
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Mon5-8:IAS K205
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Students will read the textbook in preparation, attend to classroom, hear lecture, and investigate some points. 
Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Law
Eligible Students The being concerned in the strained relationship and politics between government and people
Keywords Human Rights, Governing System, Division of Power, Restriction and Limitation of Governmental Power and Authority, Constitutionalism. 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status within
Liberal Arts Education
Social science area in common subjects.
  If you want to have a teaching certificate, then you must take this or another course in Japanese Constitution as one of the 8 compulsory subjects, that the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology require all would-be educators to study. 
Expected Outcome  You will be able to objectively think the constitutional system and take a part in politics as a independent citizen. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
You will study various interpretations and functions of Japanese Constitution at higher education level.
Teacher will explain one precedent each class, referring to case facts, related judgements, institutions and doctorines. 
Class Schedule lesson1 Introduction: Constitutionalism, Human Rights, Freedom from and Liberty to Government, Textbook.
lesson2  Part 1  Right to Self-determination, general statement.
         Case 1 Liberty of the Disable: Refusal to have anyone read for the vocal impaired member in Nakatsugawa city assembly.
lesson3  Case 3  Liberty of Homosexual Persons: disapproval of lodgment for a gay and lesbian group at the Tokyo Metropolitan Youth House in Fuchu city.
lesson4  Case 6  Freedom to Decline Medical Treatment and/or Blood Infusion: the case of a liver cancer operation in Tokyo University Hospital.
lesson5  Case 8  Freedom to Appreciate Pornography: customs inspection at Haneda Airport.
lesson6  Part 2  Births of New Human Rights, general statement.
         Case 10  Right to Privacy: refusal to take part in the Basic Resident Register Network (2002. 8. 5. in effect).
lesson7  Case 11  Right to Live Peacefully: prohibitory injunction suit against dispatches of Self-Defense Forces to Iraq battle areas.
lesson8  Case 12  local residents' Rights to Scenery: demanding an injunction against building a high-rise condominium on the University Avenue at Kunitachi city.
lesson9  Case 14  Rights of Nature: Can Mutsugoro et al. under their own names file an injunction against the national reclamation project in Isahaya Bay ?
lesson10  Case 16  Right to Have Government Disclose their Personal Information to Requestors in Person: school recommendation disclosure suit in Takatsuki city.
lesson11  Part 3  What classical human rights have become today, general theory.
      Case 17  Principle of Equality: discrimination in inheritance between children born in wedlock and outside of marriage.
lesson12  Case 19  Freedom of Religion & Separation between Church and State: expulsion from the school because of refusal to exercise Japanese fencing at Kobe City College of Technology.
lesson13  Case 20  Freedom of Expression: Punishment for trespass against posting antiwar bills into each door mail slot at housings for Self-Defense Forces workers in Tachikawa city.
lesson14  Case 22  Right to live: submission of the unconstitutionality against the abolition of benefit money added for the elderly.
lesson15  Case 24  Right to vote: all or partial denial of polling for Japanese nationals living abroad.

  You must take a final examination (in essay style) at the 16th class during the testing period, in order to get full marks 100.
  And You can submit search reports twice on the Bb9 for classmates, in order to acquire 20 points (10*2 times) at most as bonuses. 
Yoshiyuki Munesue et al., "Casebook on Basic Human Rights: Toward the Constitutional World, 6th edition", Yuhikaku, 2019. ISBN 978-4-641-28147-5
PC or AV used in
  You will see the teacher's resume on the screen.
  You can get the above word file (after each class) , the original text of cases and the materials listed by each chapter of the textbook on the Bb9. 
Suggestions on
Preparation and
As long as you can use times (at least 2 hours in preparation and 2 hours in review of every class), you may well read the textbook and related materials. 
Requirements No limitation. But take notice that your knowledge at the secondary school level would be useless. Let's learn the different opinions and facts as new knowledge now and here.  
Grading Method 100 points in a final essay examination (explanation of some technical phrases and cases).
And 20 points from 2 public reports (investigation and clarification of your doubts or unclear points) as bonuses. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message We will increasingly take part in the operation of courts, since this century judicial reformation became entirely. 
Other Some related URLs
(1) Research Commission on the Constitution in the House of Representative: http://www.shugiin.go.jp/internet/itdb_kenpou.nsf/html/kenpou/news.htm
(2) The Commission on the Constitution in the House of Councillors: http://www.kenpoushinsa.sangiin.go.jp/
(3) The Birth of Japanese Constitution in National Diet Library: http://www.ndl.go.jp/constitution/ 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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