Cardinal Principles of the National Entity of Japan
It was December 15, 1945, immediately after the surrender of Japan, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme commnader for the Allied Powers forwarded to teh Imeperial Japanese Governmet his Directive, AG000.3. It was called Shinto Directive and formal title was "Abolition of Governmeal Sponsorship, support, perpetuation, control, and dissemination of State Shinto." It was more than the separation of Church and State, and it was attack on the very essence of the national official philosophy. Paragraph 1h forbade the circulation of the Kokutai no Hongi.
The Kokutai no Hongi is one of the most significant document. It was banned because the book was regarded blatant official propaganda but true picture was that the book precicely wrote the Japanese national character and it was very open minded and to combat the intellectual conflicts which sprang from the western philosophy's intrusion and to encourage the devotion to preserve the national entity of Japan. The book is in that sense trulypuzzling and contadictory. The book was regarded a cult oriented puzzling and contradictory even after the War, but it was illuminating the norm preserved through the centuries tradition and culture of Japan.
Why to fobid the superb analysis of Japan's culture was only to march military conquest and to collapse and destroy Japanese essential spiritual backbone. and bring total victory of the manifest destiny.
I do not know whether the book of national entitiy is well publicized over the Internet or not, but it may be worthy to jot down the translation of the Kokutai no Hongi, especially for foreign readers because the book will assist the better understanding of Japan.