The Political Structure Of The Japanese Political System In Japan

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Unlike the American political system, which has the same political system as it did when the country was created, the Japanese political system is a more recent construct that was created as a result of millennia of imperial rule that slowly morphed into the constitutional monarchy that it is today. Throughout this process of shifting their political structure there has been heavy influence from the west, especially America and England to create a more democratic way of governing their nation. Although the Japanese government is similar to the US government, the imperial roots create a different governmental structure that creates different displays of power. It is said in The Nihon Shoki, one of the oldest books of Japanese history, that Japan was founded by Emperor Jimmu in 660 BC. The Japanese Emperor was the sovereign ruler of the country until the Emperor's rule began to end in the mid 12th century. The Japanese government shifted from imperial rule to shogunate rule after the Genpei War of 1180-1185. Shoguns were Japanese military rulers who would be appointed by the Emperor, but would hold all the power. It was around this time as well that the Japanese began to mingle with Europeans and begin to trade with the Portuguese and the Dutch. This spiked the economy because of Japan’s abundance of precious metals and began to peak the Japanese’s interest in western culture. Shogunate rule ended after the Meiji Restoration of 1868, when imperial rule returned to Japan.
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