Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko

The enduring value of Japan’s emperor

  • Japan’s monarchy plays a central role in the country’s social cohesion
  • The system has helped bring postwar prosperity and peace to the Japanese
  • The new emperor can build upon this success in the face of new challenges

Japan’s monarchy is unique: Its dynasty is the world’s longest-reigning, yet the country lacks many attributes associated with having a king or queen. In the allocation of political power and in the character of its institutions, Japan resembles a republic more than a monarchy. However, the emperor is much more than a crowned head of state. He is an essential part of Japan’s social contract.

In 1947, two years after Japan had surrendered at the end of World War II, the country got a new constitution, written and promoted by the United States. This basic law has not been changed since. In Article 1, the emperor is described as the symbol of the unity of the Japanese people, with whom sovereignty rests.

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 Urs Schoettli
MacArthur rightly recognized that the emperor could facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition to civilian rule
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What's inside
  • Japan’s monarchy plays a central role in the country’s social cohesion
  • The system has helped bring postwar prosperity and peace to the Japanese
  • The new emperor can build upon this success in the face of new challenges
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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