Japanese 'war legislation': International and domestic threat assessment

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The two Japanese security laws which came into force on March 29, 2016, have faced severe domestic and international criticism. They are seen as representing a dramatic policy change in violation of due process and international norms, and representing a threat to international peace and security. This paper finds that while the direct implications of the "war" legislation are neither threatening nor without precedent, what the legislative process says about the nature of governance under Abe is deeply troubling. The disdain shown by the Abe administration to due process and constitutional procedures is what threatens domestic and international governance stability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-261
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of East Asia and International Law
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016


  • Article 9
  • Governance
  • Japan
  • Legality
  • Peace
  • Security Legislation
  • Threat


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