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Macarthur's Japanese Constitution

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ISBN13: 9780226383910
ISBN: 0226383911
Published: February 1991
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £60.00



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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