Washington Law Review


In line with the policy of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers to democratize the mining industry of Japan, a study of existing mining law was undertaken in 1946 by a National Mining Law Revision Committee appointed by the Minister of Commerce and Industry (now Minister of International Trade and Industry). After four years of investigation, drafting, and redrafting of a revised Mining Bill, with technical assistance from a visiting mineral law expert from the United States and from lawyers and agricultural and forest economists employed in the Japanese government and in the Headquarters of SCAP, as well as public hearings throughout Japan, the Japanese government on December 20, 1950, promulgated the finished product, a revised Mining Law (Law No. 289, 1950) effective January 31, 1951. [Reprinted by permission from Weekly Summary No. 286, Natural Resources Section, General Headquarters, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers.]

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