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Constitutional Precedents in Japan: A Comment on the Role of Precedent

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Washington University Law Review


In this Article, the author comments on the views of Professor Hiroshi Itoh about the approach of the Japanese Supreme Court towards constitutional precedents. He stresses the importance of precedents in the constitutional adjudication which creates constraints in the judicial decision-making. He outlines the role of precedents in the “Tsu City Ground-breaking Ceremony Case.”