【PART 3】 The Mystery of the Security Treaty Village (1): The Showa Emperor and the Constitution of Japan
【41】 They “compelled” the draft constitution mainly in order to protect the Showa Emperor
On February 13, they proposed the draft constitution that had taken nine days to make (from February 4 to 12)–behind closed doors. And they forcefully urged the Japanese government to revise the constitution by following the famous MacArthur Notes: 1. Keeping the Emperor system, 2. Abandoning war potential, 3. Abolishing the feudal system.
Considering whether this was a “forceful act” or not is a matter of expression that includes emotion, so as often as possible–in this book–I will prefer the expression “the constitution drafted by GHQ.”
Based on the documentary evidence, however, there is no room to argue that all the processes of making the constitution drafting it behind closed doors, proposing it to the Japanese government, and confirming it in Japanese behind closed doors was totally controlled by GHQ.
Indeed, the reason why GHQ took such a forceful attitude was mainly to protect the Emperor, whom Japanese people admired. There was such a very complicated and twisted context that it cannot be explained in a word. From a broader point of view, therefore, it is possible to say it was not a one-sided imposition but made together by Japan and the U.S.
However, in such a complicated history, it is also undeniable that “the occupation army drafted the occupied country’s constitution and made it as if it had been made by the occupied country. That is an extremely abnormal and unprecedented incident in western countries.”
Japan will not have a future unless we face squarely this fact–one that makes us want to look aside–and argue it based on facts, even if it takes a lot of pain. If the stance of “absolute protection of the Constitution” does not allow even discussions, it is just a tactical theory. It is about time to discuss it fundamentally, based on correct historical facts.