Far Eastern Governments and Politics: China and Japan

By Paul M. A. Linebarger; Djang Chu et al. | Go to book overview

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE
The Western Democracy in Japanese Form (Occupation Government and Politics, II)

The government of Japan under of Occupation followed the great tradition of adaptation, importation, and consolidation, which the Japanese have followed on her occasions in their history. The Japanese had a Western democracy, a democracy which possessed many links with the parliamentary empire which Japan imported in the Meiji which provided the model for this Japan was not the real-life America in which the citizens of the United States actually lived; it was, rather, a projection of America--a dream-America which might have come to being had the United Nations system worked out as it was originally planned.

The Western democracy set forth to Japanese eves by the Occupation was indeed a remarkable country, full of American paradoxes, far more subtle and mysterious than anything which the Japanese mind could have worked out by itself. A social democracy by profession of constitutional clauses, it made no provision for the implementation of the economic, social, and extra-political democracy of the proposed new Japanese society. It can be said that, in a sense, Japan under MacArthur represented the high-water mark of the New Deal in world affairs, and that the democratization of Japan involved attacks on big business, prejudice against capitalism, the encouragement of labor unions, the juridical attack on social inequalities, and other New Deal features to an extent to which neither President Roose

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