The Occupation of Japan, a military occupation of the country by the Allied Powers after its defeat in World War II lasted from 1945 – 1952. During the occupation period, Japanese soldiers and civilians from abroad were repatriated to Japan, arms industries were dismantled, and political prisoners were released. A new constitution (promulgated 1947), vesting power in a democratic government, replaced the Meiji Constitution; in it Japan renounced its right to wage war, the emperor was reduced to ceremonial status, and women were given the right to vote. The occupation administration also carried out land reform, reducing the number of farmers who were tenants, and began the breakup of the zaibatsu (business conglomerates). The educational system, seen as elitist, was revised to resemble the U.S. system. Though the United States wanted to end the occupation in 1947, the Soviet Union vetoed a peace treaty with Japan; a treaty was signed in 1951, and the occupation ended the following year.
The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. “Occupation (of Japan) | Japanese History [1945–1952].” Encyclopædia Britannica, 15 Nov. 2018, www.britannica.com/event/occupation-of-Japan.
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