"This book describes the Japanese government in the last century."
Translation:Buku ini menggambarkan pemerintahan Jepang di abad lalu.
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The listening exercise that first introduces this sentence includes 'tentang', so rather suggests that it is needed between 'menggambarkan' and the object of the verb. Later writing exercises using the same sentence appear to accept answers with or without 'tentang'. Perhaps the preposition is truly optional or are we being mistaught? It would be good to know ...