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Junko Oikawa

Junko Oikawa has a Ph.D. from Nihon University Graduate School in General Social and Cultural Studies. She has served as an expert researcher at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing and is now a visiting academic researcher at Hosei University, a visiting researcher at the Institute for Northeast Asian Studies at J. F. Oberlin University and an adjunct instructor at Nihon University. Her areas of expertise are modern Chinese intellectuals, speech "space" in Internet forums, newspapers and magazines, and political culture studies.

The Constitution of the People's Republic of China that is now in force was promulgated and enacted on Dec. 4, 1982. It has been amended four times since, but is still called the 1982 State Constitution. In 2001, Dec. 4 had been designated "national legal system publicity day," but from last year, at the behest of the Xi administration, it was ordained as National Constitution Day.

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