It would seem most natural that the 1947 Constitution of Japan should have been the target of strong revisionist pressure in the years following its promulgation, considering its contents and the special circumstances of its making. However, looking back upon the developments in this revisionist movement, one is struck by the degree of ambivalence and confusion in the attitudes of both the proponents. and opponents of revision and by the apparent failure of the former to effect revision. It is my view that these two impressions are very intimately interrelated and that an understanding of this relationship is necessary if the issues involved are to be viewed in historical perspective. I also feel that it is helpful to focus on two broad aspects of the revisionist movement, one relating to its typological composition and ideological implications and the other to the nature and scope of its support.
Twenty Years of Revisionism,
Wash. L. & Rev.
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