EC for PolSci - Dustin Johnston Pol 265 Dr. Carroll Japan...

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Dustin Johnston Pol 265 Dr. Carroll Japan is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, containing both an emperor (currently Akihito) and a prime minister (currently Taro Aso). Japans current constitution was written May 3, 1947, shortly after its defeat in World War II. In Japan the emperor holds very little power, as in most developed countries he is simply a figure head and a symbol of the people but the emperor also acts as head of state at major events such as the Olympics and diplomatic occasions. True power however lies mainly with the prime minister who like the rest of the Diet of Japan is elected in elections by the people. The Diet is Japans Bicameral legislative body. With a population of more than 127 million people on a series of islands less than 1/30 th the size of the United States and with one of the worlds highest life expectancies (81.5yrs), the Japanese people live in very close proximity and thus are bound to have several divisions among the people. The most prevalent of these divisions is age, with
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This note was uploaded on 06/20/2011 for the course ECO 233 taught by Professor Gonzales during the Spring '08 term at Sam Houston State University.

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