Lecture 15 - Japan in a centurys time japan has gone from...

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Japan - in a century’s time japan has gone from being an almost completely isolated, feudal society to the world’s second richest country and a stable democracy - only colonizer in Asia (colonizes rather than being colonized) - japanese constitution after the war was drafted under a significant U.S influence, especially article 9 o article 9 says that japan renounces war - japan now one of most pacifist countries - its foreign influence relies largely on economic power and power of persuasion - Japan developed after WWII into a unique form of parliamentary democracy - One of the most densely populated countries in the world - Homogeneous nation - New about japan since war o Sovereignty Placed on ppl rather than with the emperor Emperor continues to be the symbol of the state but his function is part of the dignified part of the constitution Rule in form o House of representatives Has been greatly empowered 480 members o House of peers was abolished o Now an elected house of councilers
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