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 »

An underdeveloped country is a nation that lags behind most others in industrialization, education, standard of living, healthcare, life expectancy and other technological and cultural norms. Rwanda, Somalia and Ethiopia... More »

Reform movements of the antebellum era addressed numerous issues including slavery, the role of women in society, temperance and virtue, education, labor and the rising disparity between the rich and the poor. More »

The Meiji Restoration, which occurred in Japan in 1868, was significant because it shifted political power from the shogun to the emperor, a shift which helped Japan modernize swiftly. This swift modernization allowed Ja... More »

The Meiji government of Japan created a highly centralized, bureaucratic government. It instituted: a Constitution with an elected Parliament; well developed transportation and communication; a more educated populace; th... More »

The things for which Japan is well known include its cuisine, aesthetic tradition, bonsai trees and its role in the Second World War. According to About.com expert Setsuko Yoshizuka, Japanese cuisine emphasizes raw and c... 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 »