JAPAN: Return to the Past?

National constitutions, like spiritual convictions, should well from within. Whatever else Japan's first democratic constitution may be—it was hailed at the time as a model charter of human rights—it is not Japanese. Written in English at the command of General Douglas MacArthur, translated into Japanese and imposed upon a defeated nation soon after its surrender, it has long chafed Japanese pride. "Constitution Day," says Education Minister Ichiro Kiyose, "is not a day of glory but one of national humiliation." Kiyose was defense counsel at the war crimes trial of Militarist Prime...