MacArthur's Constitution Has Turned 64, but the Japanese Still Remain 12
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
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which officially superseded the Constitution of the Empire of Japan, also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. ·