“Seize This Opportunity”: Reworking the March 6 Draft

Ray A. Moore and Donald L. Robinson

in Partners for Democracy

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151169
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833917 | DOI:
 “Seize This Opportunity”: Reworking the March 6 Draft

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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

Chapter.  4748 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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