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Phase I, Drafting The SAPL, 1951 Under Attorney General Ohashi

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This chapter discusses the ambiguous message of GHQ-I Early Twilight, the drafts of the SAPL, a note on Seki Itaru, the drafter of the SAPL, the evolving anxieties about internal security and the modified controls of GHQ-II: Early Twilight. It is based on a study of SCAP documents in the U.S. National Archives in the period of Attorney General Ohashi. The chapter elucidates a number of phases in an undulating relationship of ambiguity, clear-cut assertion, seeming indifference, encouragement and tutoring. The role of GHQ is inserted as subsections as the SAPL story unfolds to understand how the GOJ and GHQ interacted with each other in the various stages in the process of drafting a new sensitive internal security law for post-Occupation Japan. As 1951 drew to a close and a new AG took office in late December 1951, the government had retreated from many positions in drafting the SAPL.

Keywords: Attorney General OHashi; GHQ-I Early Twilight; GHQ-II Early Twilight; GOJ; internal security law; post-Occupation Japan



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