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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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“Seize This Opportunity”: Reworking the March 6 Draft

“Seize This Opportunity”: Reworking the March 6 Draft

(p.155) 10 “Seize This Opportunity”: Reworking the March 6 Draft
Partners for Democracy

Ray A. Moore

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Describes the Legislation Bureau's efforts to simplify the language of the draft. The cabinet embraced the idea of making the basic law more available to the people, and allowed the Legislation Bureau to re‐write the March 6 draft from difficult literary Japanese to the common spoken language. As government ministries submitted their comments and suggestions on the content of the draft, Irie and Satō negotiated with Kades and Hussey to clarify the draft's language but the Americans allowed no further substantive changes. By April 17, agreement was reached on a final draft in the form of a legislative bill written in colloquial Japanese, and a new English‐language draft.

Keywords:   A. Rodman Hussey, April 17 draft, colloquial Japanese, government ministries, Charles Kades, Legislation Bureau, March 6 draft, new English‐language draft, Satō Tatsuo, Irie Toshio

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