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Articles by Lawrence Repeta

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Lawrence Repeta has served as a lawyer, business executive, and law professor in Japan and the United States. He retired from the Meiji University law faculty in 2017. He has written widely on Japan law issues, especially related to constitutional rights and transparency in government. He is best known in Japan as the plaintiff in a suit that led to a 1989 Supreme Court judgment that opened Japan’s courts to public reporting. He is an Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus editor. See his detailed profile on his website.

The Reality of the “Right to Counsel” in Japan and the Lawyers’ Campaign to Change It
Backstory to Abe’s Snap Election – the Secrets of Moritomo, Kake and the “Missing” Japan SDF Activity Logs
Japan’s Proposed National Security Legislation — Will This Be the End of Article 9?
Japan’s 2013 State Secrecy Act -- The Abe Administration’s Threat to News Reporting
A New State Secrecy Law for Japan?
­Japan’s Democracy at Risk – The LDP’s Ten Most Dangerous Proposals for Constitutional Change
Mr. Hashimoto Attacks Japan's Constitution
Immigrants or Temporary Workers? A Visionary Call for a “Japanese-style Immigration Nation”−−
Transfer of Power at Japan's Justice Ministry
U.N. Committee Faults Japan Human Rights Performance, Demands Progress Report on Key Issues
Aso Revelations on Wartime POW Labor Highlight the Need for a Real National Archive in Japan [Official Documents Appended] [Japanese Translation Available]
Foreign Ministry Failure to Provide Documents on 1965 Japan-Korea Normalization Pact is Illegal: Tokyo Court
Citizenship at Stake. U.S. Records Prove Paternity; Japanese Ministry Denies Access to Records
Politicians, Teachers and the Japanese Constitution: Flag, Freedom and the State