Takii Kazuhiro's The Meiji Constitution is an English-language translation of Bunmeishi no naka no Meiji kenpō (The Meiji Constitution in the History of Japanese Civilization [Tokyo: Kōdansha, 2003]). Takii's specialty is the constitutional history of modern Japan, but his major publications, best represented by Doitsu kokkagaku to Meiji kokusei (The German State-Science and the Meiji National System [Tokyo: Mineruba Shobō, 1999]), are chiefly concerned with the influence of German-language political and legal thought on the Japanese state in the Meiji period. Consequently, the present volume is heavily colored by the author's interest in the German–Japanese interface in the process of building the Meiji state's legal-administrative apparatuses, especially the roles played by nineteenth-century European legal scholars such as Lorenz von Stein and Rudolf von Gneist. Takii claims in the introduction that he wants to “depict the history of the creation of the Meiji Constitution in terms of Japan's assimilation of the...

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