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MacArthur's Constitution Has Turned 64, but the Japanese Still Remain 12


On April 16, 1951, 200,000 Tokyo citizens said, "Thank you. We will never forget you," to General Douglas MacArthur on his way to the airport. Actually, they haven't forgotten the fatherly figure - and will never.
This past Tuesday fell on the 64th anniversary of Japan's postwar constitution which officially superseded the Constitution of the Empire of Japan, also known as the Meiji Constitution. It was enacted five years before Japan's nominal sovereignty was restored by the San Francisco Peace Treaty.

It is known that the Meiji Constitution, which was enacted in 1890, was an imitation of the fundamental laws of Prussia and Britain. If there was a purely Japanese element in it, it was embodied in its first 17 articles which deified the Emperor as "sacred and inviolable."

That meant the demigod always remained an extralegal existence and thus retained the right to withdraw the constitution or override provisions he didn't like.

General Douglas MacArthur, who was sometimes dubbed the Second Emperor, ordered his Japanese subjects to draw up a new one modeled after America's political system with the old imperial institution put on top as if it were a vermiform appendix. As you know, the vestigial organ has no particular functions in human body, but if you get a malignant tumor there, it can develop into appendix cancer unless removed in time.

But those who were told to draft an incoherent constitution did not find it any more difficult to comply with MacArthur's order than their forerunners had when they authored the Meiji Constitution ingeniously blending the three incongruous elements. They thought: "What's wrong with shifting from the Prussian and British models to the American way of defining the foundation of the nation?"

This is how the Japanese swallowed once again something which they couldn't internalize at all just like their parents and grandparents had done when forced by the grandfather of the First Emperor of the MacArthur era. Unlike with any normal country, Japan's fundamental law doesn't define each individual's citizenship in relation to the nationhood because it's something that doesn't have to be defined by anyone, in any way.

It is true that the people are uncomfortable about being unilaterally defined by extralegal rulers. But they are so used to it that they are at a loss over how to ease their angst. That is why in the last 64 years, pointless contentions between pro- and anti-amendment camps have been going on endlessly. They always end up going in circles.

The media's role in preserving the wrong way of defining the relationships between the nation and individual citizens is to constantly bring up nonissues. The most frequently-used red herring is the question of whether to amend the now world-famous Article 9. It says: "The Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes."

Actually the media should be more concerned about Article 21 which says, "Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed. No censorship shall be maintained." But they never discuss the constitutionality of the "self-censorship" mechanism called the Kisha Kurabu System (press club system.)

From the beginning, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, himself, neglected this article by gagging the Japanese press, and through it, the entire population from the GHQ. But now that the mainstream newspaper publishers have taken over MacArthur's job as self-appointed censors, Japan's 4th estate looks like the second extralegal institution only next to the Emperor. That is the only way to hush up their unpunished crime to have driven the Japanese into the unwinnable war.

As to the war-renouncing article, there was nothing new in it for the Japanese who had long been diehard pacifists. During the war, Westerners thought they were an extremely belligerent people. But they were mistaken. Even during the wartime, they were never driven by a bellicose animosity toward their enemy. Instead, they were dominated by a burning desire for self-destruction. Otherwise, the Japanese would never have started the Pacific War which they thought was unwinnable in the first place.

In the 7th century, a prince by the name of Shotoku Taishi verbally promulgated the famous Seventeen-Article Constitution. (It was a verbal one because in those days Chinese characters had yet to be imported.) Today, very few schoolchildren know exactly what Article 9 of MacArthur's Constitution says, let alone other articles. But practically every kid can recite Article 1 of Shotoku Constitution, which says:

"Harmony should be put before anything else and quarrels must be avoided."

If MacArthur had known the killer sentence, he would have thought his Article 9 was redundant.

The same can be said of Chapter 3 (Rights and Duties of the People) of the MacArthur Constitution. The ideal of the American democracy was nothing new to the group-oriented conformists who had been obsessed with this Shotoku ethics in the last 13 centuries. At least from the Japanese point of view, democracy and egalitarianism are one and the same thing.

The only thing which was not superfluous in the MacArthur Constitution is its reciprocity principle. This was something the Japanese had never known in the past and would never understand in the future.

Several months ago, stupid Harvard professor Joseph Nye told the editor of the Yomiuri Shimbun daily that "Japan is an amazing society that reinvented itself in the Meiji Restoration, and became the first Asian power to deal with globalization. After 1945, it did it again and became the second largest economy in the world."

I know most Americans agree to Nye's statement. On the false premise that Japan transformed itself into a modern nation in the mid-19th century and into a democracy after the war, empty-headed and dishonest Japan "experts" and their followers in the U.S. still believe, or make believe, that these people are innovative, hard-working, tenacious, dauntless, flexible, adaptable, resilient, honest, polite, sensitive, clean, and so on.

Don't make me laugh.

They should ask themselves once again after splashing cold water on their faces: "How many times have the Japanese actually reinvented themselves in their modern history?" If the word "reinvent" should mean "change," my answer is "Never."

In the last 75 years, I have studied thousands of Japanese, in person, inside out, longitudinally and cross-sectionally. As a result I have come to the conclusion that most of them are change-disabled.

The fact of the matter is that the General Douglas MacArthur failed to change the Japanese people simply because law cannot change the people. Contrary to the Japanese belief, it's the people that change law.

If MacArthur and his boss Harry S. Truman had targeted the Little Boy and the Fat Man at the heart of Tokyo where the Imperial Palace was, and still remains located, instead of the relatively unimportant local cities, the outcome of the war must have been a little different, although we can't blame the Americans for that.

If you still remain so brainwashed by the likes of Nye as to repudiate my deliberate statement that the Japanese are brain-dead, I want you to look at the picture embedded at the top of this post after washing your drowsy eyes.

On April 16, 1951, MacArthur was repatriated by Truman. On that day, the Asahi Shimbun daily editorialized about the accomplishments of the outgoing general as the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers. It went like this:

"It was General MacArthur who taught us the merits of democracy and pacifism and guided us with kindness along this bright path. As if pleased with his own children growing up, he took pleasure in the Japanese people, yesterday's enemy, walking step by step toward democracy."

In response to the editorials of the Asahi and all other newspapers, hundreds of thousands of Japanese sent off the General on his way to the airport, enthusiastically waving small Stars and Stripes made of paper by the roadside.

On May 5, the retired general testified at a joint committee of the Senate about his experience with the Japanese. He said:

"If the Anglo-Saxon was, say 45 years of age in his development, in the sciences, the arts, divinity, culture, the Germans were quite as mature. The Japanese, however, in spite of antiquity measured by time, were in a tuitionary condition. Measured by the standards of modern civilization, they would be like a boy of twelve as compared with our development of 45 years."

Although people on both sides of the Pacific would later label him a racist, I don't agree with them because the editorial of Japan's leading newspaper and the picture are unmistakable signs that the Japanese were helplessly retarded. 60 years after he stepped down as the Second Emperor, they still remain neotenized as you have seen in the aftermath of 3/11. Now we know the disease is really incurable.

Recently I have launched an all-out attack on these zombies in the City Hall of Yokohama. I can't afford to lose the battle with the municipality because if I do, they will seize my pension annuities starting June. My attack is directed to their interpretations of the following articles of the MacArthur Constitution:

Chapter III, Article 14: All of the people are equal under the law and there shall be no discrimination in political, economic or social relations because of race, creed, sex, social status or family origin.

Basically I have nothing against the egalitarian principle embodied here. But I know that actually the issue with income equality is multifaceted. Contrary to what the constant rise in Gini Coefficient is supposed to indicate here, one of the most serious symptoms of the Japanese Disease is the pathological obsession with sameness. So I decided it would be a total waste of time to discuss this principle with these morons. Instead I asked them a simple question: "How do you define this 'all of the people'?" Actually I raised this question in plainer words so the idiots could understand my question. I said: "Do you think the Emperor and yakuza should be included in 'all of the people'?". In response the zombies, in effect, said the Emperor should be given a special privilege. No answer about yakuza. The very first article of the Constitution goes like this: "The Emperor shall be the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people, deriving his position from the will of the people with whom resides sovereign power." This is utter nonsense because actually the people are tacitly prohibited from expressing their "will". More importantly, the article does not tell whether the former demigod has been demoted to an ordinary human being or enshrined once again as an extra-constitutional institution.


Chapter III, Article 25: All people shall have the right to maintain the minimum standards of wholesome and cultured living.

My point is that these guys never understand how this "cultured living" should be construed in the Internet era. The highly-paid zombies in the City Hall are leading a purposeless life themselves reading porn mags and manga all the time. I will never let them set a standard for my "cultured living."

Chapter III, Article 30: The people shall be liable to taxation as provided by law.

I am insisting that the Constitution should be understood as a reciprocal deal between the central and local governments and citizenry. I said, "Where the rights guaranteed by Article 25 and other articles in Chapter III remain an empty promise, I owe you nothing, whatsoever. Don't you ever expect me to feel obliged to pay your salaries, let alone the money you pay to the fxxxing contractors you have cozy relations with." They didn't understand what I was talking about.

Chapter X, Article 98: The Constitution shall be the supreme law of the nation and no law, ordinance, imperial rescript or other act of government, or part thereof, contrary to the provisions hereof, shall have legal force or validity.

They argue that my duty to pay taxes has nothing to do with the fundamental law. In the U.S., the validity of a state law is always tested against the U.S. Constitution. But in Japan, prefectures, municipalities and ward offices or town halls are given practically no autonomy. They are basically working on the same thing in 4 different layers as if to ensure job security for the enormous number of government employees. Therefore, they never give it a thought whether or not their job is constitutional in the first place - which often means that local government employees still dwell in the age of the Meiji Constitution.



POSTSCRIPT: Unfortunately, I don't have a yakuza friend who would lend me a firearm. That is why I substituted my cheap digital camera for a gun when I shot at these zombies at the City Hall. ·

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MacArthur's Constitution Has Turned 64, While the Japanese Still Remain 12
Authored by: samwidge on Friday, May 06 2011 @ 10:51 PM JST

In the U.S., the validity of a state law is not always tested against the U.S. Constitution. Sometimes we make and follow laws that are quite irrational. Other times courts deliberately misconstrue constitutional meanings. We argue the constitution until we have forgotten what the argument was about... but we keep arguing.

One of our ways to challenge the decisions of a police officer or a court is simply to argue fine points, points that just do not matter.Sometimes we argue until all the fine points are exhausted and we discover that all the angry people are also exhausted. That is sometimes the way our legal arguments are ended. If you have been married, you have some experience with the technique.

As an electronics technician, I am reminded of the way a television set attached to a rabbit ears antenna works. If you tune to a very, very narrow band of frequencies and they are the right frequencies, you will get sound and you will get picture. If you tune broadly, across two or more channels, then you hear the rush of noise and you see the rush of snow. The snow comes from too much signal, not too little.

The law fails when too many throw too much at decision-makers. We do not talk abut this in law schools or in theatre because we are ashamed to admit it.

Snow. It can be a good thing.


MacArthur's Constitution Has Turned 64, While the Japanese Still Remain 12
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Sunday, May 08 2011 @ 09:15 AM JST


Thank you, samwidge, for educating me on what the U.S. Constitution means to the American people. I had thought, for instance, every state law was tested against the fundamental law or its amendments.

Yu Yamamoto
MacArthur's Constitution Has Turned 64, While the Japanese Still Remain 12
Authored by: Diogenes on Sunday, May 08 2011 @ 08:42 AM JST
Your analysis of the Japanese people being infected with centuries of obedience to authority reminds me of the membership of people in the Catholic church. In Canada, for example. the church of Canada—a state sponsored Protestant institution—and the Catholic church ran residential schools for native children. Children were taken from their homes by force and placed in these residential schools to “Christianize, civilize, and make them into Canadians.” What actually happened is that these institutions were mass murdering these children. Of the 100,000 that entered these “schools,” only 50,000 survived. You can read the facts here http://www.whale.to/b/canadian_holocaust.html and watch a documentary film that is totally shocking. The priests and nuns were killing 50% of these children with overt violence—stomping children to death; throwing them from upstairs windows; allowing TB to run its course until they died of the disease; nuns having sexual relations with some of the older children. When the inevitable pregnancy occurred, having the child delivered and then ordering one of the native residents to throw the baby in the furnace to be disposed of, after first smashing its head against the wall to kill it. All across Canada and the U.S. (because this also happened in the U.S.) are hidden graveyards. How easy to denounce the rape of Nanking, yet how easy to ignore our own rape and murders right at home. The use of TB, a type of biological killing tool, is no different than the biological weapon experiments of the Japanese Imperial Army in Manchuko. We renounce one, but ignore the other.

When former United Church of Canada minister Kevin Annett started making this modern holocaust known and began organizing pickets in front of Catholic churches on Sundays, the parishioners would assault them, spit on them, and shout curses at them. In other words, these people were in total denial about these facts. They didn’t want to know and would fight to keep from knowing these facts—killing the messenger so to speak. By the way, these residential schools were still active as late as the ‘70s, so these death camps were still active even then. What I see with these people is that rather than change churches and demand justice for these murders, they would rather look away. This institution with its rituals—incense smoke, the “Holy Father” wearing special robes, the confessional booth to assuage guilt and shame (especially shame and guilt for avoiding the facts of their church elders), and the false feeling of community, all lead to their continued denial. Forget the pedophile priests, these are cases of premeditated murder.

I mention this because I see that these “good Christian Catholics” will not face reality any more than the Japanese people can change their induced and embedded cultural enslavement. If there is no history of resistance to authority to fall back on and give historical direction, and the family, the school system, and the media make it a taboo to be an individual, then you are correct. The Japan of today, and even of yesterday, is doomed to fail. The Zen Buddhist culture in Japan is totally corrupt, as well. I read a statement by one student that went something like: “You Americans are too rigid and demanding of your Zen teachers. We, in Japan, are more tolerant of our teachers foibles.” Yes, and when the swan of Zen Buddhism landed on the American lake, it didn’t take long for these “foibles” to be seen and not tolerated. Sexual abuse of students, rude behavior, demands of absolute obedience to their authority, alcoholism, all these “foibles” were at first tolerated because of the brainwashing about Japanese culture in America, but eventually these outrages were denounced here. I’ve read that these things go on today without challenges in Japan.

The nuclear incident, the Sony data incident, clearly show how indecisive and impotent senior Japanese officials are, and their behavior must be considered a reflection of the spineless culture of the society. It would be unthinkable for Americans to behave as the Japanese did with McArthur as the second Emperor.

Let’s say that the Americans lost the war to Japan, and Hirohito, as the head of an occupational army, came to the U.S. to implement Japanese culture and laws after the war. Americans would never line the streets with Japanese flags. We would have snipers on the entire motorcade route to the airport, waiting to get a shot at him and the traitorous Americans that were his quislings.

As far as your law suit with the over-confident and smug mandarins of city hall, it appears that they have never been challenged. Thus, their arrogance is going to be in for a shock. Even the lower court will be in for a shock by your defense, especially your choice of not using an attorney. Courts and most average people seem to think that negotiating the court system should be left to experts, but as Alaskan Ralph Winterrowd has discovered, once you investigate the law and challenge the system based on your knowledge of the law and all of its loopholes and illegalities, then, you can win your case. In fact, as Winterrowd has said, most lawyers are ignorant of the facts that he’s discovered and wouldn’t use the defenses he’s used in court, simply because of their ignorance. However, he’s been in and out of court for years and now the police find that if they stop him for a traffic violation and after speaking to him, they have to contact the on-call attorney for the state, who tells them to leave him alone because he’s got the law on his side.

I don’t know any history of court challenges in the lower courts in Japan, and the influence of yakuza bribes of judges is likely. However, assuming that you will lose round one, in spite of being constitutionally in the right, you will likely have to take this to a higher court on appeal. Frankly, if the court system is like most other countries, appeals can take years and years, so you could live long and continue your life without interruption.

Good luck. We’re all cheering for you across the Internet sidelines!



MacArthur's Constitution Has Turned 64, While the Japanese Still Remain 12
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Sunday, May 08 2011 @ 09:50 AM JST


Diogenes:

Your story about the dark secret of Canada was shocking. It's all the more so because judging from the website you give us the link to, native children are still suffering abuse by clerics today, perhaps to a lesser degree.

I don't know how close the Inuit are to the American Indians, but as far as I can tell from Western films, the Indians are very proud people. I wouldn't be surprised if some unassimilated native Americans sought secession from the United States in the not-too-distant future.

On the contrary I would be really surprised if the Japanese someday demanded real autonomy from the United States.

And, I really appreciated your words of encouragement. I can't win the battle all by myself, because it wouldn't make any sense just to prove I, alone, am superior to these zombies.

Yu Yamamoto
MacArthur's Constitution Has Turned 64, While the Japanese Still Remain 12
Authored by: Diogenes on Sunday, May 08 2011 @ 11:09 PM JST
In Canada, there are native people in the far north. Those would be the Inuits and other Northern tribes. I'm not sure if they were involved in the residential school system. What I was referring to were the native people that live further south. I knew one of these elderly women named Harriet Nahanee. Her testimony is in the film that I listed. She was protesting the federal government taking away their land for the recent Winter Olympics at Whistler, B.C.. She was arrested, placed in an unheated holding cell, stripped naked, and not given a blanket. She died several days later with the cause not listed. This is how natives are treated to this day, defending their rights.
MacArthur's Constitution Has Turned 64, But the Japanese Still Remain 12
Authored by: Diogenes on Tuesday, May 17 2011 @ 08:48 AM JST
Nothing proves an argument better than factual evidence. Your argument that the two constitutions, one ancient and one post-WWII, are proven and unchallengeable with the phenomena known in Japan as “hikikomori—children living in homes as hermits.” This article posted in the BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/correspondent/2334893.stm exposes this behavior perfectly. As you rightly point out: Article 1 of Shotoku Constitution, which says: "Harmony should be put before anything else and quarrels must be avoided."

What else would explain the behavior of the parents of this hikikomori? Quote:

"I knew him only as the boy in the kitchen.

"His mother, Yoshiko, wouldn't tell me his name, fearful that neighbours in this Tokyo suburb might discover her secret.

"Her son is 17 years old. Three years ago he was unhappy in school and began to play truant.

"Then one day, he walked into the family's kitchen, shut the door and refused to leave.

Families adjust

"Since then, he hasn't left the room or allowed anyone in.

"The family have since built a new kitchen - at first they had to cook on a makeshift stove or eat take away food.

"His mother takes meals to his door three times a day.

"The toilet is adjacent to the kitchen, but he only baths once every six months."

When I read that the family built a second kitchen so their son could occupy the original one, I was flabbergasted. This behavior is taking the commandment “Harmony should be put before anything else and quarrels must be avoided,” to a point beyond reason. This is a form of mental illness on the part of the parents. And then we read that this behavior is tolerated by the government, which would be actually a willing enabler of this insanity.

"If children refuse to attend school, social workers or the courts rarely get involved. Most consider hikikomori a problem within the family, rather than a psychological illness."

Yes, the “problem” is within the family, but as psychologist R.D. Laing points out in the politics of the family, in this case, the hikikomori is the designated patient, while he is likely the only sane one in the family and is responding to an insane family situation.

This follow up article is even more telling. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/correspondent/2336883.stm

Now look at this, and ask yourself: What is wrong with these people?

"Masayuki Okuyama's son, Yoichi became a recluse when he was fifteen. He refused to leave the house and began threatening his parents. One day while Masayuki was at work, Yoichi attacked his mother. "I immediately called the police," he recalled. "We were told not to stay at home that night, since it was too dangerous."

I just cannot believe that the police told the parents to leave their home. This is really quite astounding. If the parents had called the police to report a poisonous snake in their home, would they tell them to leave and let the snake take control of the house? Ah, but harmony above all else. Snakes have rights, too. Let’s negotiate and not argue. But the tale of madness doesn’t end there.

"We spent the night at a hotel, and came back the next morning. I was still sleepy, so I rested on the sofa. Then he assaulted me." Yoichi's behaviour became increasingly confrontational. Masayuki fell seriously ill. After that, he decided that he'd had enough. "I went through surgery for stomach cancer and when I returned from the hospital, my son said: "Please die. I want to claim your life insurance money. So die."

"Masayuki forced his son out of the house and provided money for him to buy his own flat, under the guardianship of a friend.

"Yoichi is now 28 and has no contact with his father.

"Masayuki complains that he had no one to turn to when his son became violent. That inspired him to establish a self-help association for the parents of hikikomori sufferers.

"He sits amongst a pile of letters from distraught parents scattered around his small office. He receives about four or five a day. He read one out.

"When my husband goes to the kitchen, my son comes after him to attack him, so he can't even cook at home. He now has no choice but to sleep in the bathroom."

"Another arrived that day.

"My son has become very violent since he became a high school student. He hit and kicked us every day, so we ran away from him and hid in the car. "We often slept in a closet or stayed with our relatives."

I doubt that any other country is infected with such an obvious form of mass societal madness. Insane behavior is considered normal, apparently. I don’t need to comment any further, because this story is so obvious that any more comments aren’t necessary. Tokyo Free Press, if this isn’t evidence of your arguments against the two enslaving constitutions, then, I don’t know what is. Japanese society has swallowed these constitutional mandates right down to the marrow. I don't know how you will ever extricate them. Zen Buddhism has a koan that uses the analogy of having a red hot iron ball lodged in the throat. It looks like the Japanese people have swallowed this one whole.
MacArthur's Constitution Has Turned 64, But the Japanese Still Remain 12
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Tuesday, May 17 2011 @ 10:26 AM JST


Diogenes:

The media have distracted people's attention from one false issue to another at the interval of 2-3 years. They do this because 1) deep inside they know they are false issues, or real issues falsely identified, and 2) they are insoluble issues, false or real.

6, 7 years ago, the most media-salient issues were this Hikikomori, Ijime (school bullying) and jisatsu (suicide resulting from the first two).

In September 2004, I opened an independent forum to deal with juvenile crimes with this post about the boxcutter murder case. But I soon realized it made no sense to discuss juvenile criminals or suicides separately from other issues. That is why I have posted only one more essay about Yomawari Sensei in that section and added no more in the last 5 years.

If you look at Shuki (open letter) written by Kyoji Mitarai, 45-year-old father of the victim, you will understand why I have stopped talking about problems with kids. As you exquisitely point out, problems never lie with kids; they always lie with 12-year-old adults (parents, teachers and the media.)

Needless to say the same problems have remained unsolved to date. Every time a kid kills self or someone else because of bullying, the principal and/or other teachers offer tearful apologies. Principals even have sometimes committed suicide themselves.

Every time this happened, I sided with the poor kids. But I remained silent because the entire population here also sided with them.

You are absolutely right; this society is rotten to the marrow. So don't ask me how I will extricate them. All I can say is Japan is terminally ill.

Yu Yamamoto