Far Eastern Governments and Politics: China and Japan

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CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
Parliamentary Japan
THE weighty bureaucracy, starting with the Emperor and reaching down to the smallest hamlet, provided the framework for two other modern Japans to coexist in the period between 1889 and 1945. One was a parliamentary Japan, complete with the apparatus of a national legislative body, a responsible cabinet, and several political parties. Often taken both by Japanese and foreigners for the government of Japan, parliamentary Japan enjoyed at best a precarious grip on the political controls of the empire.Militarist Japan existed alongside the parliamentary system. Its innermost redoubts in the Japanese system were the vitally important military agencies at the heart of the Imperial government itself. Militarist Japan, like parliamentary Japan, reached beyond the limits of the strictly governmental and had its own quasi-private organizations, its own economic supporters, its own commitments for domestic triumph and a world-wide role.The three Japans were one--bureaucratic, militarist, and parliamentary. They were both irreconcilable and inseparable. To describe Japan's course toward World War II as the inward conquest of a parliamentary state by a totalitarian group is therefore an exaggeration on a grand scale. The parliamentary state had never existed without the concurrent support and coexistence of the bureaucratic and militarist elements, all of which made up a characteristic Japanese polity.The Parliament of Parliamentary Japan. The heart of parliamentary Japan was the Imperial Diet. Theoretically a truly parliamentary empire should center around a central legislative body. Such a central legislative body should have, at the least, the following features:
1. Universal suffrage.
2. Responsibility to the electorate.
3. Freedom from executive domination.
4. Plenary legislative authority, including a decisive voice in the handling of public monies.

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