Abstract Die Rezeption der Schweizer Politik in Japan

This article deals with the reception of Swiss political ideas in Japan. Japan has been in close
contact with Western nations for a century a half and has adapted many of their ideas and
systems. But how far has Japan been influenced by the specific political system and thought
of Switzerland? In this article Swiss politics is seen as governed by the three principles of
neutrality, direct democracy and federalism. In Japan we can now see direct democracy at work
in the practice of the referendum at local-level. But the other aspects of the Swiss system have
had little influence in this country.