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Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone on: Should the Emperor Have Abdicated?
Yasuhiro Nakasone Q: Some people feel that MacArthur should have asked the Emperor to abdicate and still save the imperial system, and people within the Imperial household had suggested this. And some people wonder why MacArthur didn't ask him to abdicate. Do you think it would have been better if he had abdicated?

NAKASONE: MacArthur's occupation plan would have resulted in a total disaster if he had suggested or requested the Emperor's abdication. I think that Japan would have become an absolute chaos and MacArthur's occupation plan could not have been conducted smoothly.

In the Potsdam Declaration, it says...the Japanese form of government.... governmental structure must be chosen by the Japanese themselves... MacArthur removing the Emperor would have been against that rule as well.

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