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The role of the Japanese emperor: Theory and reality

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This thesis evaluates and defines the role of the Japanese emperor. Though the emperor theoretically maintained a variety of roles in Japanese history, in reality he has only held a symbolic role. The emperor has been and continues to be a living link with Japan's historical past. Japan's sentiments toward the emperor system have evolved from mysticism to affinity. Since the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the emperor has served as a buffer against the pain Japan has undergone in three different eras of radical transition. In the Meiji era, it was the pain caused by the rapid change from a feudal society to a modern one. In the postwar era, it was the pain of rebuilding a devastated nation. In the Heisei era, it is the pain of economic woes and the turmoil created in Japan as it seeks to understand its role in a changing world.

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Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 47-05, page: 2636.; Thesis (M.A.)--American University, 1994.

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http://hdl.handle.net/1961/thesesdissertations:6030

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