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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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“Free and Untrammeled Debate”: The Emperor's Prerogatives

“Free and Untrammeled Debate”: The Emperor's Prerogatives

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(p.192) 13 “Free and Untrammeled Debate”: The Emperor's Prerogatives
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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.003.0015

On June 29, the speaker of the House of Representatives named 70 members (chosen to represent the parties proportionally) to serve as an ad hoc committee on [constitutional] revision. This chapter shows that, from the outset, members displayed considerable anguish about the draft's language (was it a mere translation of a foreign proposal?), and particularly its rude restrictions on the emperor's role. It examines the mounting tensions led, in mid‐July, to a dramatic quarrel between Colonel Kades and the cabinet minister in charge of the revision project, Kanamori Tokujirō, focusing on whether kokutai (Japan's unique polity) had survived in the revision.

Keywords:   committee on revision, draft as translation, emperor's role, Charles Kades, kokutai, Kanamori Tokujirō

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