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Historical Development of Law and Government

The story of Japan and its government extends well beyond the past century. Japan's government is traceable to the Shinto legend recorded in the Chronicles of Japan (Nihon Shoki) and Record of Ancient Things (Kojiki). Authored around C.E. 720, these records mythically describe how two Shinto deities, Izanagi and Izanami, dipped their Heavenly Jeweled Spear into the sea to create Onokorojima Isle and then descended on the island to create the other Japanese islands. One of their descendants, Ninigi no Mikoto, was later bestowed with the sovereign right to rule Japan as represented by the Imperial Regalia (sacred mirror, stone, and jewels). The Regalia were ultimately conferred on Jimmu Tenno, Japan's first emperor, and subsequently passed down to each emperor in an unbroken chain. Separating reality from myth may prove difficult, but it is not difficult to recognize Japan's unbroken history or the...

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