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The Constitution of Japan was adopted in 1947 during the American occupation after the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II. The Constitution was heavily influenced by American occupation forces under the leadership of Douglas MacArthur.

Notably parts of the Constitution are the designation of the Emperor of Japan as symbol of state subject to popular sovereign, Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan which forbids Japan from having an army or a navy, and the establishment of judicial review.

It can be read in English at this website (http://home.ntt.com/japan/constitution/english-Constitution) or in Japanese at this website (http://home.ntt.com/japan/constitution/japanese-Constitution).

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