【PART 3】 The Mystery of the Security Treaty Village (1): The Showa Emperor and the Constitution of Japan

 

【11】 Rule No.1 in the Security Treaty village

 

Let’s look into the relationship between the Showa Emperor and the U.S. during the occupation period as that relationship is revealed in various official documents. Their six-and-half-year history of cooperation led to the history of the present Security Treaty village.

If this current book should become popular, I will follow up with another titled Rules of the Security Treaty Village. And the first rule will be this: All the important documents are written first in English.

When I researched the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty several years ago, I was most surprised by a peculiarity of the treaty signing in San Francisco: “There was no text of the treaty in Japanese by midnight of the signing day” when the treaty concluded on September 8, 1951. To maintain confidentiality, there were only texts in English on the day before, so texts in Japanese were written late at night in haste.

It is well known that the San Francisco Peace Treaty was signed by six representatives of Japan, while the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty was signed solely by Shigeru Yoshida on the same day. The reason was very simple: the other five representatives did not understand the Security Treaty since it was not in Japanese.

That might not be very surprising. After all, as I will explain in more detail later, it is now widely known that the draft of the Constitution of Japan was also written first in English. What is not so well known is that, one year after the defeat in war, on January 1st 1946, the Showa Emperor announced the Declaration of Humanity, and it was written in English too. I will introduce the English text later.