Though the book is described as an "introductory study," it will strike the reader as considerably more, for it is a full and careful scholarly account of the Japanese governmental system, well-documented and revealing throughout a broad personal acquaintance with the subject. The author devotes relatively little space to the historical evolution of the system, but gives a complete analytical account of the constitution, the executive, and the judicial and civil services. Among the most interesting chapters are those dealing with the Diet, the elections and the political parties, and the government of Japan's overseas possessions. A hundred pages are devoted to the texts of important constitutional documents.
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