The delegation from the House of Representatives of the Japanese Parliament, led by the Chairman of the Japan-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Association, Eysuke Mori, paid a working visit to NISS.
The meeting was attended by NISS Director Olexander Lytvynenko, NISS Deputy Director Gelena Savruk, Head of the Political System Development Department Iryna Pavlenko, Head of the Center for Research of Russian Federation Petro Burkovsky, Deputy Head of the Political System Development Department Olexander Danyliak, Senior Consultant of the Department of Political System Development Glib Makarov.
NISS Director O. Lytvynenko welcomed the representatives of the Japanese Parliament with words of high appreciation for their attention to the Institute and its’ work, as well as expressed his hopes that the information prepared by the NISS staff on the evolution of Ukrainian Constitution would be of interest and of use for the members of the delegation. He assured that the staff of the Institute would be glad to answer the questions of Japanese MPs.
Eysuke Mori – head of the delegation - thanked for the meeting and introduced the members of the delegation, who are members of various political parties in the Japanese Parliament. He stressed that the special interest of the delegation was raised by the issues related to the referendum in Ukraine, as well as the practice of martial law and state of emergency. Eysuke Mori outlined that there is a debate in Japan today about the need to consolidate, at the Constitution level, provisions related to the implementation of a state of emergency.
Iryna Pavlenko presented the members of the delegation with a brief overview of the history of the constitutional process in Ukraine, focusing on the practice of drafting and implementing constitutional changes, the prospects for further transformation of the Basic Law of Ukraine and factors that caused related articles to appear in the Constitution of Ukraine.
The Institute's staff also answered a number of questions from representatives of the Japanese Parliament. In particular, the restriction of the rights of citizens for the period of introduction of martial law and state of emergency in the country, the strategy of the return of occupied territories by Ukraine, the implementation of the decisions adopted at the referendum.
At the end of the meeting, both parties expressed their gratitude for the fruitful meeting.