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Comparison of U.S., Saudi Arabia, & Japanese Constitutions

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Concept
United States
Saudi Arabia
Japan
Supreme Law
Constitution
Koran
Constitution
Form of Government
Federalist
Monarchy
Parliamentary
Legistlative Branch
Congress: house and Senate
None
Diet: House of Representatives and House of Councilors
  • Dominate Branch
Same
Not Applicable
House of Representatives
  • Elected by
People
Not Applicable
People
Executive Branch
President
King
Prime Minister
  • Veto Power
Yes
Yes
No
  • Elected by
People
No one - hereditary
Diet
  • Removed by
Impeachment Process
No one
Impeachment Process
Judicial Branch
Supreme Court
?????
Supreme Court
  • Appointed by
President
King
Diet and People Review
  • Judicial Review
Yes
No
Yes
Individual Freedom
  • Speech
Yes
No - sedition
Yes
  • Religion
Yes
No - Islam Only
Yes
Judicial Safeguards
  • Double Jeopardy
Yes
No
Yes
  • Self Incrimination
Yes
No
Yes
  • Search and Seizure
Yes
No - ?
Yes
  • Cruel and Unusual
Yes
No - beheading
Yes
Military
Yes - President Heads
Yes - King heads
None
Amending
Congress & State Legislatures
King
Vote of People
Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . factpetersen. (2007, October 22). Comparison of U.S., Saudi Arabia, & Japanese Constitutions. Retrieved January 08, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.usu.edu/university-studies/u-s-institutions/comparison-of-u-s-saudi-arabia-japanese-constitutions.html. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License