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Partners for DemocracyCrafting the New Japanese State Under MacArthur$
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Ray A. Moore and Donald L. Robinson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151169

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019515116X.001.0001

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“Along Democratic and Peace‐Loving Lines”: Yoshida Presents His Draft

“Along Democratic and Peace‐Loving Lines”: Yoshida Presents His Draft

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(p.185) 12 “Along Democratic and Peace‐Loving Lines”: Yoshida Presents His Draft
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Partners for Democracy
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Ray A. Moore

Donald L. Robinson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019515116X.003.0014

Opens with the brief speech by Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru to the lower house of the Diet that invited the Diet's examination of the government's draft revision. It sets forth the preliminary exposition of the text offered by Kanamori Tokujirō, the cabinet member charged with defending the so‐called “government draft.” It presents initial reactions by Diet members, from Kita Reikichi on the right to Morito Tatsuo and Nosaka Sanzō on the left, indicating that the debate would be lively and spirited. It shows how early skirmishing centered on kokutai (the form of the polity, heretofore based on the authority of the emperor) and the renunciation of war.

Keywords:   government draft, Kokutai, Kita Reikichi, renunciation of war, Nosaka Sanzō, Yoshida Shigeru, Morito Tatsuo, Kanamori Tokujirō

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