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Japan, Government

Japan is a parliamentary democracy. An emperor acts as functional head of state, although his official status under the constitution is the “symbol” of the Japanese nation and its people. Japan is a unitary state, in which the authority of the central government is superior to that of the country’s prefectural governments. However, Japan’s 47 prefectures and several thousand city, town, and village governments enjoy a significant degree of autonomy over local affairs.

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