Japan's Transition to Modernity

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Disagree with the statement below, write it from the political view. "Postwar Japan represents a case in which an outside power was able to successfully impose democracy on a non-democratic country. Even if Japan had what seemed to be democratic institutions before the war, the indigenous roots of democracy were never deep or strong. In any case, democracy was completely destroyed during the 1930s and the War, and so had to be created all over again during the Occupation. The Occupation was responsible for transforming the Japanese system into the democratic country we see today." The Meiji revolution was certainly a democratic one. Renowned historian Kenneth G. Henshall notes as much in his book A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower, when he observes that: in a mere half-century Japan had gone from a backward country being virtually dismissed by the West as an obscure and rather backward to being recognized as a major world power. It was arguably the most remarkable achievement of any nation in world history. (Henshall, 1999, P102) The new government was started as an oligarchy (i.e. a small elite rule of people) which consisted of three primary political parties: the Jiyuto or Liberal Party led by Itagaki: the Kaishinto or Progressive Party headed by Okuma, and the Rikken Teiseito or Imperialist Party supported by the government.Between 1881-1900, there was clear evidence for the desire of correct government, and in order to assume a semblance of democracy
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