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  title={The Origins of the Present Japanese Constitution},
  author={Robert Edward Thomas Ward},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={980 - 1010}
  • R. E. Ward
  • Published 1 December 1956
  • History, Law
  • American Political Science Review
Throughout the years when the Meiji Constitution served for most purposes as Japan's basic law (1890–1947), it was always a matter of considerable value to the nation's constitutional scholars to have readily available an authoritative statement of the intent of the framers of that document. This was Itō Hirobumi's Kempō Gige (Commentaries on the Constitution). It played a role somewhat analogous to that of Madison's journals in our own annals of constitutional, legal and historical scholarship… 

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