2/22/2007

Arc' comments on the "Japanese peace constitution" event

Hello, this is Arc.
I saw this movie before, but unfortunately I had to run to my class, so I didn't attend the discussion part last time. This time is my first time, for the discussion.

This movie impressed me and changed me a lot, I think. I've heard about the Article 9 issue before, but, at that time, I strongly believed this was "Japanese' s business", I should not put my claws on it--isolationism, I think, :-). It is this movie told me that the spirits of Article 9, such as peace and non-violence, should be known by all the people in the world, and saving Article 9 is not only some "JAPANESE" businesses about "JAPANESE" issues; it is something about peace and love for all the human beings.

It is great to have Dr. Matsi here, giving us his opinion about North East Asia issues. Pepole in North East Asia are poor, in words of peaceful life, I think. Those lands have been the battlefield since the beginning of 20th century, and even now, the remains of clod war are still there. Under such a hard environment, I think, communication like this is very important. To hear from Dr. Matsui, and to hear from students with different background, we knew each other better. Through communication, we kill sterortype and we gain knowledge, so I think to have a talk is always good.

2/13/2007

Japan's Peace Constitution Screening at UBC on February 16 with Dr. Shigenori Matsui

Film: Japan’s Peace Constitution

Interested in Asian international affairs? Want to learn more about it? Want to share your thoughts with friends from other countries? Bringing Asian Youths Together (BAYT), in cooperation with UBC Asian Studies Interest Association (ASIA) and Peace Philosophy Centre, will be showing the documentary film, Japan’s Peace Constitution http://www.cine.co.jp/kenpo/english.html). A showing of the film (78 min) will be followed by the guest speaker, Dr. Shigenori Matsui from UBC Faculty of Law.

Date: Friday, February 16th.
Time: 12:30-2:30pm
Venue: Henry Angus 215 /UBC

*If you are planning on attending the event, RSVP to Hyunsoo Cho at bayt.ubc@gmail.com. As soon as we confirm the venue, we will e-mail you.

Refreshments will be provided.

Japan’s Peace Constitution
In 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II, the conservative Japanese government is pressing ahead with plans to revise the nation's constitution and jettison its famous no-war clause, Article 9. This timely, hard-hitting documentary places the ongoing debate over the constitution in an international context: What will revision mean to Japan's neighbors, Korea and China? How has the US-Japan military alliance warped the constitution and Japan's role in the world? How is the unprecedented involvement of Japan's Self-Defense Force in the occupation of Iraq perceived in the Middle East?

Dr. Shigenori Matsui
Professor Shigenori Matsui joined UBC Faculty of Law in January 2006 as Director of Japanese Legal Studies. Professor Matsui comes to UBC from Osaka University Law School where he worked as associate professor from April 1983 to March 1994; and as full professor from April 1994 to December 2005. He worked for Osaka University, Faculty of Law, until he joined the newly established law school in 2004. He taught courses in Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Mass Media Law, Freedom of Information Law, Internet Law, and Law and Medicine. He also served as an Osaka University Council member from April 2003-March 2003 and served as associate dean for the law School, from April 2004 to December 2005.
Professor Matsui also served for the Japanese Government as a member of the National Freedom of Information Board, and as an examiner for the National Bar Examination Commission (Constitutional Law) as well as serving on a number of boards for Osaka Prefecture and numerous municipalities.

An internationally-renowned expert in the fields of Constitutional Law, Internet Law and Law and Medicine, he has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, University College London, the University of Washington, the University of Western Australia and here at the University of British Columbia (1990-91).