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MacArthur in AsiaThe General and His Staff in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea$
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Hirosh Masuda

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449390

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449390.001.0001

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The Democratization of Japan, August 1945 to April 1950

The Democratization of Japan, August 1945 to April 1950

(p.209) 11 The Democratization of Japan, August 1945 to April 1950
MacArthur in Asia

Hiroshi Masuda

, Reiko Yamamoto
Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses efforts to democratize Japan from August 1945 to April 1950. These include the policy of public purges implemented on the basis of Article 6 of the Potsdam Declaration of July 26, 1945: “there must be eliminated for all time the authority and influence of those have deceived and misled the people of Japan into embarking on world conquest”; the enactment of a new constitution to replace the Meiji Constitution promulgated in 1889; dissolution of the Zaibatsu (or financial cliques) and land reform; educational reforms; the first postwar general election; and the dissolution of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Keywords:   Douglas MacArthur, democracy, democratization, Japan, public purges, Japanese constitution, land reform, educational reform, general elections, Ministry of Home Affairs

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