Prospects for Democracy in Japan

Prospects for Democracy in Japan

Prospects for Democracy in Japan

Prospects for Democracy in Japan

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The occupation of Japan constitutes the greatest single administrative enterprise ever undertaken by the United States outside its own borders. For though the courteous fiction of Allied control has been maintained, and though small contingents of British Commonwealth troops have taken part in the occupation, the administration of post- war Japan has been an American-controlled operation from the start. In the eleven-power Far Eastern Commission in Washington, established by decision of the Foreign Ministers Conference of December 1945 as the highest policy-making body for Japan, the U.S. vote has in practice been decisive. In Japan the executive authority of General MacArthur is virtually absolute. As Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, he controls the occupation troops and directs the almost exclusively American administrative staff at General Headquarters. The four- power Allied Council for Japan, set up to serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the Supreme Commander, could have become an influential body only if General MacArthur had chosen to make it so. In practice, though its non-American members have occasionally questioned or criticized SCAP's actions, the Coun-

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