This week: where did Japan’s constitution come from, and how the hell did it get done in only six days?
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Dower, John. Embracing Defeat.
Takemae, Eiji. Allied Occupation of Japan.
Jansen, Marius. The Making of Modern Japan.
Matsumoto Joji’s draft and associated notes. Matsumoto’s blindness to the new realities of Japanese politics doomed his work to becoming a footnote in Japanese history.
Charles Kades, the New York-born progressive New Dealer put in charge of the drafting committee.
The emperor’s signature (top right) on the new constitution.
The Society for the Popularization of the Constitution produced a series of illustrations written in simple, modern Japanese (just like the constitution itself) to help average citizens understand its meaning. This one describes the duties and role of the Emperor in the new system.
Another Kenpo Fukyu Kai poster, this one discussing Article 20 (freedom of religion). The old system, with State Shinto, is depicted above, and the new one is below.