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Few institutions are as well suited as the monarchy to provide a window on postwar Japan. The monarchy, which is also a family, has been significant both as a political and as a cultural institution. This comprehensive study analyzes numerous issues, including the role of individual emperors in shaping the institution, the manner in which the emperor’s constitutional position as symbol has been interpreted, the emperor’s intersection with politics through ministerial briefings, memories of Hirohito’s wartime role, nationalistic movements in support of Foundation Day and the reign-name system, and the remaking of the once sacrosanct throne into a "monarchy of the masses" embedded in the postwar culture of democracy. The author stresses the monarchy’s "postwarness," rather than its traditionality.

Table of Contents

  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Chapter 1. The Monarchy, "660 B.c.".,1945
  2. pp. 17-41
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  1. Chapter 2. The Constitutional Symbolic Monarchy
  2. pp. 42-86
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  1. Chapter 3. Ministerial Briefings and Emperor Hirohito in Politics
  2. pp. 87-125
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  1. Chapter 4. Imperial War Responsibility and Apologies
  2. pp. 126-157
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  1. Chapter 5. Nationalistic Movements to Restore Cultural Symbols of the Monarchy
  2. pp. 158-201
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  1. Chapter 6. The "Monarchy of the Masses"
  2. pp. 202-254
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 255-260
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 261-300
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 301-318
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 319-332
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  1. Series Titles
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781684173709
Related ISBN
9780674010888
MARC Record
OCLC
1227050743
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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