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Post-War Japanese Constitution Goes into Effect

The Constitution of Japan was drawn up under the Allied occupation that followed World War II. It was intended to replace Japan's previous imperial system with a form of liberal democracy, which provides for a parliamentary system of government and guarantees certain fundamental rights. Under its terms, the right to wage war is renounced and the Emperor of Japan exercises a purely ceremonial role. What amendments have been made to the constitution since its adoption?

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Banoffee Pie

A portmanteau, or fusion, of the words "banana" and "toffee," banoffee pie is an English dessert made from bananas, cream, boiled condensed milk, and a pastry or biscuit base. Though Ian Dowding and Nigel Mackenzie of The Hungry Monk restaurant in East Sussex, England, claim to have invented the dish in 1972, other tales of its origins eventually spread. The men responded by offering a £10,000 prize to anyone who could disprove their claim. The pie was a favorite of what two English leaders?

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Niccolò Machiavelli

Machiavelli was a Florentine author and statesman. He entered political service in 1498 and became acquainted with power politics through his important diplomatic missions. His best-known work, The Prince (1532), describes the means by which a leader may gain and maintain power. The adjective "Machiavellian" has since come to serve as a synonym for amoral cunning and for justification by power, but Machiavelli placed a number of restrictions on evil actions. What were they?

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