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5-8 Alfred Hussey, Memorandum on Program for Publicizing the new Japanese Constitution, February 5, 1947

 This memorandum is an interim report on the activities to publicize the new Constitution in cooperation with GHQ's Civil Information and Education Section. Commander Alfred R. Hussey, who played a critical role in writing the GHQ Draft in Government Section, reports that based on a request from Government Section, the Civil Information and Education Section published the full text of the Constitution throughout Japan during first week of January 1947. He also reported that it was planned to hold several round-table conferences with Japanese editors, publishers and newspaper men and that close touch was being maintained with the Japanese Constitution Popularization Society (chaired by Hitoshi Ashida). Hussey pointed out that it was wise not to emphasize the problem of the changed position of the Emperor, and he argued that the popularization effort should emphasize "the theme that the new Constitution is but the vehicle whereby the people of Japan can and must determine their future destiny."

Actual Title of Source Memorandum for the Chief, Government Section, Subject: Program for Publicizing the new Japanese Constitution
Date February 5, 1947
Document Number GHQ/SCAP Records, Government Section Box No. 2088 "Publicity" <Sheet No. GS(B)00640-00644>
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Repository U.S. National Archives & Records Administration (RG331)
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