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Unformatted text preview: 1. 1947 Constitution of Japan (source: Pacific Century: Our Job in Japan ) • Spirit of the article was that Japan would never possess armed forces of any kind again • Background: right after WWII • Written by Americans • Committee members were inexperienced, but one even went to libraries for other constitutions as models • Constitution was more liberal, focused on women’s rights and human rights • Weakened the emperor • General McArthur had article 9: demilitarize forever; written into the constitution • Reactions by Japanese: the standing gov’t opposed, but the people liked it • Significance: it demilitarized Japan, forcing it to focus on its economy, which is one reason it is so strong today 2. US-Japan Security Treaty and the fight over its revision (source: Crystal – her description of this ID) • Created by US Congress in 1952 at the end of the US occupation of Japan. • Allowed the US military to continue to stay in Japan and use important bases for defense of the Far East • Allowed the US to intervene in Japanese internal disturbances • US made Japan a battlefield for a potential nuclear war with the Soviet Union • Japanese people didn’t like it, mainly because they didn’t want to be involved in another war since their country was already devastated in WWII • In 1957, Prime Minister Kishi started revising the treaty o Made a lot of changes (ie: Japan wouldn’t share cost of US military stationed at its bases) o 1960 – attempted to pass at midnight w/o the opposition’s knowledge o Led to widespread protest Kishi resigns • Japanese people still not satisfied with the new version because it failed to change fundamental things and seemed to go against Japan’s desire to be a nation of peace • Treaty still in effect today 3. General Douglas MacArthur (Note: Crystal doubts that this ID will be on the final because he’s not Asian) • Served and commanded in WWI, WWII, and Korean War • Was very controversial person – great military leader, but egotistical • WWII: supreme commander of Southwest Pacific, credited w/ defeating Japanese • Post-war Supreme Commander of Allied Powers (SCAP), known by Japanese as “Gaijin Shogun” = foreign military ruler • Responsibility was to oversee reconstruction of Japan, which included demilitarizing it, and reforming the country in all social, political, and economic arenas, essentially making it more liberal (oversaw creation of 1947 constitution) • Commander of UN forces during Korean War – wanted to use nuclear weapons against China when it entered the war Pres. Truman fired him in ‘51 4. The triangular relationship b/w US, China, Taiwan (source: China, 11 th ed, p. 86-87) • 1949-1960s US gave lots of aid to Taiwan supporting Chiang Kai-shek and Republic of China (Nationalists; for anti-communistic cause) • Visits to China by Sec. of State Henry Kissinger (1971) and Pres. Nixon (1972) ended the ROC’s diplomatic status as official govt of “China,” changed to CCP...
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2009 for the course EASC 150g taught by Professor Rosen during the Spring '07 term at USC.
- Spring '07