The Basic Structures and Concepts of the Japanese Government



In 1889, a new Japanese government was constituted out of a period of turmoil in which the power of the Emperor had been dissipated, and feudal lords had divided and all but ruined the country. At that time, Japan’s first Constitution, called the Meiji Constitution, was created, and it restored the Emperor to the position of central, divine, and authoritarian power, and defined the government as subject to his will and the instrument of his authority.


Prime Minister Liberal Democratic Party Democratic Socialist Party Standing Committee Feudal Lord 
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© Charles F. Bingman 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Government and Business AdministrationThe George Washington UniversityUSA

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