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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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“Fresh Trouble”: The House Subcommittee Frames Amendments

“Fresh Trouble”: The House Subcommittee Frames Amendments

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(p.240) 16 “Fresh Trouble”: The House Subcommittee Frames Amendments
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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.003.0018

The last week of July was a critical period for the framing of Japan's postwar Constitution. Ashida Hitoshi appointed 14 Diet members (including Kita Reikichi and Inukai Takeru) to a special subcommittee. It was assigned the delicate task of combing through the text and, where necessary, preparing amendments, based on the preceding weeks’ discussions. Ch. 16 recounts how the subcommittee – under the watchful eye of Charles Kades, deputy director of SCAP's Government Section (GS) – devoted particular attention to the preamble, the correct terms to express popular sovereignty, and Article 9, renouncing war and armed forces. It was during this period that Article 9 was significantly amended. Ch. 16 carefully examines the intentions of the framers of these amendments.

Keywords:   amendments to article 9, Government Section (GS), Ashida Hitoshi, popular sovereignty, preamble, Kita Reikichi, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP), Inukai Takeru

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