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After The War: New Values And The Peace Treaty

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This chapter examines the individual values on which postwar Japan began to build itself. These values were peace, democracy and imperial tradition, which were gradually blended with the values of economic reconstruction. "Pacifism as described and as defined above became an underlying feeling amongst the Japanese people. There was no doubt that the Japanese people truly appreciated the value of peace and that they did not want to let another war happen in or around Japan. 'Democracy', 'human rights' or 'people's sovereignty' were well suited to the people's inner inclination that they were happy to have been relieved of the heavy burden of control by society. Peace, democracy and the Imperial system became fundamental points, which the postwar Japanese government in turn had to resolve during the initial postwar years.

Keywords: democracy; human rights; imperial system; Japan; Pacifism; peace; postwar; sovereignty



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