Women face constitutional setback in Japan

3 May 2005

Japan is having its own dillemas about how to ammend the constitution. Women's eNews has a great article about a national "family values" debate has sprung up around a proposal to revise Article 24 of Japan's 1946 constitution, which today guarantees the equal rights of women in marriage and divorce.

"Because there is a problem with low birth rate in Japan, the LDP [Liberal Democratic Party] thinks that by creating a system where women stay at home, they will have more children," says Mamiko Ueno, author and professor of constitutional law at Chuo University, who is interviewed in the article.

But the most contentious constitutional change proposed is in Article 9 which currently limits Japan's military activities to self-defence.

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