New Chapters/Clauses under Discussion

Since the Constitution of Japan was adopted in 1947, several constitutional drafters have proposed the addition of new chapters and clauses, claiming that the current constitution must be updated to adapt to new circumstances that have emerged. The most popularly debated topics include the status of the Emperor, national emergency, and human rights, including environmental rights and the “right to privacy.” Opponents of constitutional revision have argued that the current constitution is adequate for addressing issues related to these new concepts.