Japan, Past and Present Essay

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Japan, Past and Present When I think of Japan and its people, I think of geishas, elaborate festivals, and its age old customs. What I’ve come to learn about Japan is that it’s a combination of old tradition but very modern advances. Japan is a modern country that has moved towards democracy and is today one of the strongest economies in the world. And though history plays a major role in Japanese culture, it has truly evolved into a country that keeps up with an ever changing world. Throughout Japan’s history its people have been impacted by its form of government which for centuries was a monarchy of emperors. Tokugawa leyasu was the most powerful man in Japan after he defeated Hideyori loyalists in 1600 giving him almost…show more content…
In the end of the 18th century, external pressure became an issue, when outside forces tried to establish trade contacts with Japan. It wasn’t until Commodore Perry in 1853 that the government decided to open a limited number of ports for international trade. Soon Japan recognized major advances in military and science in the western nation and began to favor a complete opening to the world. Japan’s government has since moved towards a democracy. The Japanese Parliament is called the Diet. It consists of the House of Representative and the House of Councilors. The Diet members are elected by the people. The cabinet is headed by the Prime Minister and further consists of ministers appointed by the Prime Minister. These are usually People from the Diet. The Diet elects the Prime Minister. The highest court is the Supreme Court. Other courts include district courts, high courts, family courts, and summary courts. The judges are appointed by the cabinet. The Japanese economy is one of the strongest in the world. Only the US has a stronger GNP. Japan’s most important single trade partner is the US. Japan exports cars, electronic devices, and computers to the US, which imports more than a quarter of all Japanese exports. From countries such as the USA, China, Indonesia, South Korea, and Australia, Japan imports raw materials like oil, foodstuffs, and wood. Manufacturing, construction, distribution, real estate, services,
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