Japan Democratic Lawyer's Association (JDLA)

Nihon Minshu Hōritsuka Kyōkai

The Japan Democratic Lawyer’s Association (日本民主法律家協会, JDLA) was founded in 1961 by lawyers who joined the large-scale protests against the US-Japan Security Treaty from 1959 to 1960 (the Anpo protests). Nowadays, this association is composed of scholars, lawyers, and others who engage mainly in law-related professions.

In 2015, working with five other legal organizations, including he Japan Lawyers Association for Freedom (自由法曹団), the association released a stamen to call for cancelation of the security bills. In 2019, the same six legal organizations published a booklet to critically examine the LDP’s constitutional revision proposals, featuring the four topics that the LDP narrowed down to in 2018: (1) security, (2) national emergency, (3) vote disparity, and (4) enhancement of education. The booklet concluded that the LDP’s main focus is “security”: changing Article 9 and creating a new clause for national emergency with the aim to shift Japan from pacifism determined in Article 9 to militarism more strongly tied to the US-Japan Security Treaty. The booklet also pointed out the LDP uses other topics to involve the opposition parties in discussion to eventually lead to constitutional revision.

Most of the association's articles are published in its magazine "Law and Democracy (法と民主主義)."