MacArthur's Japanese Constitution

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University of Chicago Press, 1991 - History - 378 pages
The Japanese constitution as revised by General MacArthur in 1946, while generally regarded to be an outstanding basis for a liberal democracy, is at the same time widely considered to be—in its Japanese form—an document which is alien and incompatible with Japanese culture. Using both linguistics and historical data, Kyoto Inoue argues that despite the inclusion of alien concepts and ideas, this constitution is nonetheless fundamentally a Japanese document that can stand on its own.

"This is an important book. . . . This is the most significant work on postwar Japanese constitutional history to appear in the West. It is highly instructive about the century-long process of cultural conflict in the evolution of government and society in modern Japan."—Thomas W. Burkman, Monumenta Nipponica
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A CHRONICLE OF EVENTS
6
The Meiji RESTORATION
38
THE ROLE OF THE CONSTITUTION
68
Religious FREEDOM AND THE SEPARATION OF RELIGION AND STATE
104
THE EMPEROR
160
INDIVIDUAL DIGNITY AND EQUALITY OF THE SEXES IN MARRIAGE
221
CONCLUSION
266
THE AMERICAN DRAFT OF THE CONSTITUTION
301
THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THE PEOPLE
315
The Meiji CONSTITUTION
325
Ueki EMORI DRAFT CONSTITUTION OF THE GREAT JAPAN OF THE ORIENT
333
References and Bibliography
349
Name Index
367
Subject Index
373
Copyright

THE CONSTITUTION OF JAPAN
271

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