Constitution of Japan

(1947)

Explanation and Analysis of the Document

In the preamble, which summarizes the intents of the constitution, the authors stress peaceful cooperation with all nations, emphasize that power in the country rests with the people, and reject any earlier constitutions or political documents that conflict with these notions. The word peace occurs five times in the preamble, and the Japanese people pledge their national honor to achieve the high ideals described. The idealistic and ambitious reforms of the Americans are prominent in the constitution, which served to abolish Shintoism as the...

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The young emperor Hirohito (Library of Congress)

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