To Think About War Matters? No Idea? Then, It’s Worthwhile To Come To Our Forthcoming Salon.

Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Time: 18:30-20:30 (the audience would be admitted only after 18:00)

Location: Room 110 Shikō-kan, Doshisha University’s Karasuma Campus
(Confusing? Then, view a map).


No reservation required.

No fee required.

*Please note that this event will be basically conducted only in Japanese.

To Think About War. Since Abe administration’s recent decision to enable the government of Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense at its Cabinet meeting――paving the way for realizing a gloomy picture, Japan’s more active “use-of-arms” participation in the U.S.-waged war, such an act seems to have become increasingly less avoidable for many people living in Japan. But, aside from whether you like it or not, what does it mean to think about war? What issues and topics does it cover specifically? What are its implications and significance? And, above all, given that today most of the people with Japanese nationality/citizenship and those with permanent resident status from birth have not experienced war or/and armed conflicts at first hand,  is it possible for each of them to think about war as a tangible reality, part of each of their everyday lives?

Already sick and tired? If so, let us invite you to our upcoming salon. This time, we feature as a guest speaker Osamu Nishitani who seems just the person to help you tackle the above-mentioned questions, making them less unmanageable.  While specializing in history of ideas and serving as a professor at Rikkyo University,  he has presented many works exploring theories of war that newly emerged after the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. He holds that one of the greatest challenges in thinking about war today in Japan is that if people tries to discuss war in the contemporary world, they would immediately be plunged into a state in which they can hardly talk meaningfully about this kind of war as war in reality. Doesn’t it sound puzzling but interesting? Though it is unlikely that we can relieve you from your possibly-existing anxieties about the war into which you might be dragged in the future,  we believe that we can give you an idea of how to engage in this semi-inevitable intellectual/philosophical enterprise. Need a little more push? Then, let us repeat that there will be no fee required from you in your participation in the salon this time. An opportunity for an “honest, frank, candid and straightforward” discussion over war with a leading expert on historiography of theories of war for free――isn’t it a good deal for you?

We look forward to meeting you at the salon.




・18:30-18:35    Opening Speech: Yayo Okano (Professor at Doshisha University/The Presenter in Chief of Kyoto Association of the 96th Article)

・18:35-19:50    An Interactive Conversation between Osamu Nishitani  (Specially-Appointed Project Professor at Rikkyo University/Proposer of Association of Constitutional Democracy Japan) and Yayo Okano

・19:50-20:30    Open Q&A Session and Discussion with the Floor/Audience


Event Coordinator: Yayo Okano (Professor at Doshisha University/The Presenter in Chief of Kyoto Association of the 96th Article)





Address for Postal Mailings: Kyoto 96 jou no Kai, c/o Shimin Kyoudou Houritsu Jimusho, Hirose Building 2F, Karasuma Dori Nijou Sagaru Nishigawa, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-0847, Japan

Telephone Number: 075-256-3320 (Not available on weekends)

Official Website:

*Please note that we would appreciate it if you contact us by email so that we can respond swiftly.


flier (Japanese, coming soon)



We, Kyoto Association of the 96th Article officially set up on November 16, 2013, are striving to turn the tide in our favor, enabling “politics that is based on the three fundamental principles in the current constitution and the principle of constitutionalism and that promises its respect for the current constitution,” by the summer of 2016 when the next election of the House of Councilors are scheduled to take place.

With this goal in mind, our “Kenpou Saron” is designed to be an open gathering where you would be able to mix and mingle with others present in this salon and to discuss with them the idea of peace and human rights that the current Constitution of Japan presupposes.