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

 

【37】 Who did decide the framework of the articles, and who did have the right to make the decision?

 

It is seriously a big problem, not being able to set straight such a basic issue and letting the disordered controversy persist for 70 years.

What I can say first, to clarify, is that opinions about GHQ referring to a draft constitution by the Japanese, or GHQ adopting Japanese ideas, have nothing to do with who wrote the Constitution. When you write a proposal or a report, you gather various materials. When you write a report on a certain country, you refer to documents written by someone in the country and select information. It is a matter of course. The actual problem is this: Who decided the framework of the articles and who had the right to make the decision? The answer, as I’ve said earlier, is: It was 100% GHQ. There is not the shadow of a doubt. It is understandable that there was confusion over who wrote the Constitution in the period of censorship, right after the defeat. But it is utterly ridiculous that there is still confusion after 70 years.

Surely it is painful for the people of an occupied country to accept the seemingly incredible idea that the occupation army itself wrote a draft constitution for their occupied country. Nevertheless, the reason why GHQ did so and the detailed context of it are revealed by official documents.

Though it will be a long story, I will explain it. Several historical coincidences brought about such an extremely irregular happening. And what you need to be aware of is that it was not out of malice. This makes the problem more complicated, though.