In the Middle Ages, Western Europe and Japan operated under feudal systems. Similarities between Japanese and European feudalism include the division of the classes and the relationships of the people living within each ... More »

Feudalism is refers to an overall structure of society such as that which existed in Western Europe during the Middle Ages, while manorialism refers to the type of economic system that controlled the means of production ... More »

The emperor of Japan is Emperor Akihito, and the prime minister of Japan is Shinzo Abe. Emperor Akihito has a largely ceremonial role, while Prime Minister Abe is the head of government and is effectively the leader of t... More »

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Historians agree Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931 for two main reasons: ideology and natural resources. Nationalist leaders in Japan desired to unite all of Asia under one emperor, an ideology known as hakkô ichiu. More »

The Taika Reforms was a series of changes to Japan's political system after a coup d’état in 645 A.D. by Prince Nakano and Nakatoni Kamatari against the Soga clan. The reforms changed the Japanese system of government to... More »

Japan slowly became a democracy following the end of World War II in 1945. It took 6 years of occupation and a new constitution written in 1946 to bring about the change. More »

During the Meiji Restoration, Japan radically altered its political structure and embarked on a plan of industrialization to help it compete with Western nations. Though the reforms caused some violent opposition, the go... More »