China
Const/Govt Edu/Child Society/Comm Expression

China, the world’s most populous country with about 1.3 billion inhabitants, has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It has remained under Communist one-party rule since 1949, but has embraced capitalism in recent decades. Although now less extreme than in the Maoist years, the ruling party maintains […]

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Japan
Const/Govt Edu/Child Society/Comm Expression

Japan is an island nation of 126 million inhabitants, located in the Pacific Ocean, east of China. It is a constitutional parliamentary monarchy and a major economic power. Constitution and government Japan’s secular constitution provides strong protections of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, as well as a clear separation […]

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Korea, Republic of
Const/Govt Edu/Child Society/Comm Expression

The Republic of Korea (“South Korea”) generally protects and, in practice, respects freedom of religion, but there remain some religious privileges in place that are unavailable to the non-religious. In addition, conscientious objectors continue to be incarcerated by the government and “non-ethnic” Koreans face discrimination. Constitution and government There is […]

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Mongolia
Const/Govt Edu/Child Society/Comm Expression

In 1990 Mongolia abandoned its 70-year-old Soviet-style one-party state and embraced constitutional, political and economic reforms; while the Soviet withdrawal initially provoked poverty and unemployment, Mongolia intends to develop with the aid of significant mineral wealth. Constitution and government The 1992 Mongolia constitution has secular objectives, as set out in […]

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North Korea
Const/Govt Edu/Child Society/Comm Expression

The so-called “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” or “DPRK” is often recognised as the world’s most isolated state; a fascistic, total suppressor of basic human rights and freedoms, subverting all social, civic and political life to the maintenance of pervasive (but ultimately fragile) illusions of grandeur. Constitution and government There […]

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Taiwan
Const/Govt Edu/Child Society/Comm Expression

The independence and sovereign limits of Taiwan are disputed. The People’s Republic of China insists that there is one unified China, including Taiwan, however Taiwan claims independence as a separate state. This tension means that Taiwan is only considered a separate state by 25 countries internationally. Owing to the refusal […]

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