Blended modern democratic forms with traditional elitist ties
Government was dominated by one Party – Liberal Democratic Party – provided stability in Japan from 1955-1993.
Developed into a ruling oligarchy – stressed Patriotism, loyalty, development and protection of Japanese industry, pollution and population control
After 1993, corruption caused a split of the Liberal Democratic Party – Rise of Democratic Party of Japan
Prime Minister Visits WWII Shinto Shrine Taro Aso - 92 nd Prime Minister of Japan http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Prime_Ministers_of_Japan Kan Naoto – 94 th Prime Minister as of 2010 – Democratic Party
Authoritarian rule – emergency decree by threat of communists. Lack of political diversity and political parties
1978 U.S. recognized People’s Republic of China and severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan
1978 Jiang Jieshi died and son, Chiang Ching-kuo eased authoritarian rule
Today, there is a more representative form of government with elections and multiple parties
Discussion of declaring Taiwanese independence from China has created tension and threats
China wants “one country, two systems”
Under pressure from China, Taiwan participates in the Olympics under the name of Chinese Taipei, and its national flag and anthem cannot be used when its athletes win medals. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/23/world/asia/23taiwan.html?_r=1
Population growth – Singapore is the one of the most densely populated countries in the world
Government introduced birth control policies in the late 1960s to reduce population. In the late 1990s, the government introduced a "baby bonus" scheme that encouraged couples to have more children.
Government run “Ministry of Education” sets curriculum standards
Government owns and controls all radio and television stations
Mix of traditional and western cultures – Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism with Christianity, Architecture, sports
Hong Kong was handed over to Communist China. Under the policy of "one country, two systems", the communists are responsible for the territory's defense and foreign affairs, while Hong Kong is responsible for its own legal system, police force, monetary system, customs policy, immigration policy, and delegates to international organizations and events.
Democracy – right to vote, legislative branch, judicial system, multi-party state, civil service