Kanako Takayama

professor for criminal law
Kyoto University, Faculty of Law

Last updated on May 18, 2017

UN Special Rapporteur on the freedom of opinion and expression comments on threats to media freedom in Japan (April 2016)

Statement by Constitutional Scholars in Support of Japanese Students and Citizens Protesting Prime Minister Abe’s Reinterpretation of Pacifist Constitution
The "Constitution" of Japan proposed by the Liberal Democratic Party (translated by the Association of Young Lawyers - ASUWAKA)
Article 12. The freedoms and rights guaranteed to the people by this Constitution shall be maintained by the constant endeavor of the people, who shall refrain from any abuse of these freedoms and rights, shall realize freedoms and rights come with responsibility and obligation, and it must never interfere with the public good and public order.
Article 13. All of the people shall be respected as persons. Their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness shall, to the extent that it does not interfere with the public good and public order, be the supreme consideration in legislation and in other governmental affairs.

The Constitution of Japan (in force)
Article 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.
- Association of Scholars Opposed to the Security-related Laws Call for signature (English version)
- Japanese Scolars Say No to War (Huffingtonpost, July 11, 2015)
- Japan Wrestles with Its Pacifism (New York Times, July 20, 2015)
- Enraptored - In the face of falling popularity, the prime minister seems unconcerned (The Economist, August 15, 2015)
- August 30, 2015: BBC EURONEWS AFP ZDF Tagesschau REUTERS
- le 18 séptembre 2015, Libération, La rue veux la paix
- 18. September 2015, Spiegel Online, Japan verabschiedet sich vom Pazifismus
- October 3, 2015, Islamic State claims responsibility for killing Japanese man in Bangladesh (Washington Post)
- October 4, 2015, Bangladesh beefs up security for foreigners after second killing claimed by Islamic State (REUTERS)

OVERSEAs calls for signature against the bills in many languages:
For Japanese For Korean For Chinese For Thai For Russian For French
For Spanish (Europe) (Latin America)
English (India) (Australia) (United Kingdom) (Canada) (United States)

Students' initiative SEALDs
SEALDs (Facebook)
"War begins in the name of defence"

How is the Japanese death penalty being executed? (Osaka Bar Association)
Japanese riot police raid Kyoto University (L'Agence France-Presse) November 14, 2014
Police search Kyoto University dorm, seize documents over rally arrests (Yomiuri) November 14, 2014
- Japanese government will abolish public universities in the fields of humanites (June 2015)
Statement of the Executive Board of the Science Council of Japan (July 23, 2015)
- Japan criminalizes live music wihout police permission after midnight (May 2015)

International Students of Prof. Kanako Takayama

My short CV

(previous site of the IAPL "Young Penalists")

International activities

Welcome to Japan

Welcome to Tokyo/Kyoto


Kyoto University, my work place
The University of Tokyo, a place of my study
Government of Japan
Colleges and Universities
University of Cologne, Faculty of Law, also a place of my study
Goethe-Institut, my German school
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation gave me a scholarship
DAAD helps my academic exchanges
Seijo Gakuen where I used to work
Seijo University (Partnerschip with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

takayama @ law. kyoto-u. ac. jp