【PART 3】 The Mystery of the Security Treaty Village (1): The Showa Emperor and the Constitution of Japan
【30】 The truth of drafting the Constitution was concealed by censorship
Despite GHQ’s revealing such a fact in English, they prohibited reporting it in Japan–that is, by censorship. The censorship guidelines were set up in late November of 1946, nine months after drafting the constitution. Of the 30 points of censorship, the top four were:
1) Criticism against GHQ, 2) Criticism against the Tokyo Tribunal of War Criminals, (the next is remarkable) 3) Criticism or any mention of GHQ for writing the draft constitution, and 4) Mentioning censorship. (Closed Linguistic Space by Jun Etoh, Bungeishunju)
So “the Tokyo tribunal of war criminals,” “drafting the constitution,” and “censorship” itself were the top three individual points prohibited to report. They censored not only newspapers, magazines, books, and films, but also personal letters to prevent information from being distributed. They couldn’t conceal the Tokyo Tribunal, but they banned criticizing and even mentioning drafting the Constitution or the censorship.
GHQ itself published a book saying “we wrote the draft Constitution,” and “prohibited mentioning that we drafted the Constitution.” This is the fact without any room for debate.