As the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan, General Douglas MacArthur ordered the Shinto religion disestablished and its concept that the Emperor Hirohito was descended from Japan’s sun goddess to be disavowed.

The Humanity Declaration was an imperial rescript issued by the Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) on New Year’s Day 1946 in which he denied being a living god,.Under the new constitution of Japan the Emperor would be described as “the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people,”