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Japan A Unitary Nation A presentation by Brock Reish and Patrick Meador
Emperor www.faroukmisr.net Ceremonial duties only The throne is dynastic. NO power in the government The Emperor
Key Characteristics of the Government The House of Representatives (low house) The House of Councilors (upper house) Collectively called “The Diet” The executive branch Prime Minister Appointed cabinet
Government Structure House of Reps. appoint the Prime Minister Nothing happens without Diet approval
Constitutional Highlights Equal Rights – No discrimination based on race, creed, sex, social status, or family origin. (article 14) Religious Freedom – The government will refrain from religious involvement. People are free in all religious decisions. (article 20) Renunciation of War - A military will not be maintained for the purpose of intimidation or war. Global peace will always be the goal. (article 9)
Where did it come from? Outlined by General Douglas MacArthur after WWII. Strong American influence
Rule of Law The Diet is the highest power of the state. Prime minister appointed by the house of representatives. People vote directly for representatives.
Court System 5 levels of courts Supreme Court, High Courts, District Courts, Family Courts and Summary Courts The Supreme court is the highest and handles all final appeals Supreme court composed of 15 justices divided into 3 benches
Voting House of Councilors 100 members voted at large 152 voted as prefectural members 6-year terms, one half every 3 House of Representatives 467 members Voted from districts (3-5 reps each) 4-year terms
Economics Boast one of the most economically free nations Ranked 24 th “freest” nation by the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom
Major Issues Aging Population Slow birth rate Government is unpopular Poverty is growing
Works Cited "Diet." Encyclopædia Britannica. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Aug. 2013. . kantei. Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet, n.d. Web. 25 Aug. 2013. http://www.kantei.go.jp/ foreign/constitution_and_government_of_japan/consti tution_e.htmlhttp://www.kantei.go.jp/ foreign/constitution_and_government_of_japan/consti tution_e.html "Japan." 2013 Index of Economic Freedom. The Heritage Foundation, n.d. Web. 26 Aug. 2013..