The draft was prepared only a few hours earlier, on the night of August 16, bySukarno, Hatta, and Soebardjo, at Rear-Admiral Maeda (Minoru) Tadashi’s house, Miyako-Doori 1, Jakarta (now the “Museum of the Declaration of Independence“, JL. Imam Bonjol I, Jakarta). The original Indonesian Declaration of Independence was typed by Sayuti Melik.Maeda himself was sleeping in his room upstairs. He was agreeable to the idea of Indonesia‘sindependence, and had lent his house for the drafting of the declaration. MarshalTerauchi, the highest-ranking Japanese leader in South East Asia and son ofPrime Minister Terauchi Masatake, was however against Indonesia’s independence, scheduled for August 24.
An English translation published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as of October 1948 included the entire speech as read by Sukarno. It incorporated remarks made immediately prior to and after the actual proclamation. George McTurnan Kahin, a historian on Indonesia, believed that they were omitted from publication in Indonesia either due to Japanese control of media outlets or fear of provoking a harsh Japanese response