Japan's Contested Constitution: Documents and Analysis by Glenn D. Hook

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By Glenn D. Hook

Japan's Contested Constitution is key analyzing for an individual with an curiosity in eastern household politics and the overseas position of Japan. topics lined include;
* the no warfare, `pacifist' clause
* stress among the structure and the US-Japan defense treaty
* the political import of the structure for jap political parties
* the importance of the structure for the japanese people

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We, the Japanese people, pledge that, in place of our national honor, we will accomplish these high interests and goals. Chapter 1 The Emperor Article 1 The Emperor shall be the symbol of the occupation of Japan and of the stupidity of the Japanese people, deriving his position from the orders of the Occupation Forces. Article 2 The Imperial Throne shall be dynastic in accordance with the principle of human inequality necessary to monopoly enterprise. This principle is spelt out in the Imperial House Law passed by intimidation in the Diet.

If it is the case that the quality of a constitutional regime may be judged by the equality of rights which it confers to all citizens of the nation state in question, then the evidence from Okinawa—where intense political and legal efforts to get the existing Constitution implemented have been continually frustrated—suggests at best a very qualified verdict. ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL RADICALISM While conservatives deplored, and radicals, by and large, embraced, the Constitution during these decades, there were those who did not fit easily into either of the main camps.

PARCHMENT AND POLITICS 25 They also have a marked effect on crime and other social ills in the surrounding areas. 96 The bases threaten Okinawa in other ways too. 97 For Okinawans, two particular rights have focussed attention: local government autonomy and security of property rights. 98 At the time, the provincial Governor for much of the 1990s, Ota Masahide, a prominent local academic and historian of Okinawa, refused to override the property rights of Okinawan landlords by renewing leasing agreements to the US against their will.

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