E-Resources Nihon Koku Kenpō
姫路大学 吉崎暢洋教授 Constitutional Law - 日本国憲法に関するリンクとノート類のページ
This is a website created by Professor Nobuhiro Yoshizaki of Himeji Dokkyo University. The website contains some valuable links to documents such as the MacArthur Draft of the current constitution (in English), many abolished Japanese laws (including 治安維持法), international treaties, foreign constitutions, and historically significant laws and publications.
The website has a search engine for Diet proceedings of the Empire of Japan written between September 1946 and March 1948. It features debates among members of the Diet discussing Japan's "new" constitution. Users can conduct searches based on keywords, speakers' names, dates, and the House in which the proceedings were made. The proceedings are written in old Japanese. This website also contains links to 1) the Search Engine for Diet Proceedings, 2) the Search Engine for Japanese Ordinances, and 3) the National Diet Library online exhibition "Birth of the Constitution of Japan."
This website contains a search engine dedicated to Diet Proceedings. Users can look for proceedings made in and after May 1948 based on keywords, speakers' names, dates, and the House in which the proceedings were made. (For example, the users can look for comments regarding constitutional revision made by former Prime Minister Koizumi by inputting " 小泉(Koizumi)" in the speaker-column, and " 憲法改正(constitutional revision)" in the words-column. ) Many statements made by the Members of the Diet regarding various issues can be accessed easily, however in a non-summarized form.
This online exhibition project, sponsored by the National Diet Library, focuses exclusively on the origin of the current constitution. It features brief descriptions and profiles of people and institutions that took important roles in the establishment of the Constitution of Japan. It provides a short introduction to each historical event that took place in 1946. The website also has many high-resolution images of historically significant documents related to the birth of the current constitution. The website is easy to navigate and is also available in English.
MacArthur Memorial Library & Archives
This is part of the official website of the MacArthur Memorial Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. The museum archives have several pictures of MacArthur and some good materials on the writing of the Japanese Constitution.
This website is a database of a large collection (more than 7,300 titles) of magazines, newspapers and books published in Japan during the post-war occupation period from 1945 to 1949. Many of the publications are stored in a repository at the University of Maryland, and cannot be found in libraries in Japan. (However, the National Diet Library in Japan and the University of Maryland are currently under a joint project to microfilm this collection. The website provides useful descriptions of the collected publications, but not their contents.
東京大学東洋文化研究所 田中明彦研究室 データベース世界と日本
This website, provided by the Institute of Oriental Culture at Tokyo University, offers a searchable database of significant historical and diplomatic documents produced in the postwar period. The documents are categorized according to topic and in chronological order. However, the website offers little information pertinent to the constitution or constitutional revision.