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


【36】 It should not have been a controversy


The reason why I have repeatedly criticized such problems is not that I enjoy self-depreciation. In 1946 the Japanese people did not understand very well what a modern constitution is. And even now, surprisingly, neither do professors of constitutional study at the University of Tokyo.

As I’ve said already, GHQ made the actual truth about the drafting of the Constitution public in a book published three years later. If we compare them, it is obvious to anyone that the present Constitution of Japan was partly revised from the GHQ’s English draft.

So at present, the only people in the world who deny that GHQ wrote the Constitution of Japan are left wing (liberal) Japanese. The problem of the loss of sovereignty in Japan now is not because of the U.S. but because of Japanese people themselves. It should not have been a controversy in the first place, but there is still a conflict even now. It applies also to individual articles of the Constitution. For long after the war there has been a controversy over who wrote Article 9, MacArthur or Kijuro Shidehara (prime minister at that time).