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Friday, Jan. 27, 2006

Japan's future up for discussion

Documentary and debate on the Peace Constitution

With the Japanese government edging closer to revising war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution and Japan's Self-Defense Force prolonging their mission in Iraq, American filmmaker John Junkerman brings the timely documentary "Japan's Peace Constitution (Eiga Nihon-koku)" to the Roppongi events and art space SuperDeluxe on Jan. 28 as part of "The Future of Japan??"

"Japan's Peace Constitution" puts the debate on the Constitution in an international context, asking what a revision would mean to Japan's Asian neighbors, how the US-Japan military alliance is shaping reinterpretations of the Constitution, and how the involvement of the Self-Defense Force in Iraq is changing perceptions of Japan in the Middle East.

"The Future of Japan??" also includes a workshop and "talk show" whose participants include members of The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Temple University's Japan Campus as well as controversial agitprop speaker Minoru Torihada, who has been banned from television and radio for his political views. The evening's lineup is completed by DJ and electronica artist Kazunao Nagata.

"The Future of Japan??" takes place Jan. 28, 6 p.m. at SuperDeluxe, B1F 3-1-25 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, with the documentary screening at 8 p.m. Tickets are 2,000 yen (1,500 yen concessions). For further information, visit www.super-deluxe.com

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