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  •  Japanese monarchy did not hold power from the (8+ / 0-)

    13th C. on (first shoganate) until the Meiji restoration (1868).  Then it became a constitutional government and the emperor went back to being a figurehead.

    Some of Japan's emperors during the earlier shoganates were actually very poor and didn't really have enough food.

    Democrats promote the Common good. Republicans promote Corporate greed.

    by murasaki on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 08:41:11 PM PST

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    •  Yeah, it's a very unique institution. (5+ / 0-)

      The Meiji emperor was one of of the strongest-willed reformers in the world but then his successor, the Taisho emperor, reads like he may have been on the autistic spectrum - I wonder if anyone's ever researched that.  Then, of course, everyone knows about the Showa emperor.

      I wonder if we'll ever really know what happened at the end of WW2.  The popular story in Japan is that the bombings shocked the Showa emperor into forcing the military's hand and into surrendering; others say that some (but not all) military officers realized that a land invasion of Japan would lead to the Soviets seizing Hokkaido and immense suffering in Kyushu and forced the emperor's hand.  The Household Agency pretty jealously guards those things so I don't know if we'll ever know with certainty, and there's some that believe that the Agency still wields enormous power over the family.

      I really do wonder if we'll ever know.  Still, it's fascinating to see the relationship of the present Emperor with the people of the country.  It's very different from most European monarchies.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 09:05:13 PM PST

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    •  in the context of the diary (7+ / 0-)

      the royal household seems to have severely mistreated Princess Masako and was oblivious to her depression, as if it's her fault her husband's x sperm was a little stronger.  

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 09:57:14 PM PST

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      •  Yes, I was deeply disappointed at that. (5+ / 0-)

        I can't imagine having to go through that kind of public hell, and the sense of shame in Japanese society can be enormous :(.

        "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

        by auron renouille on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 10:27:23 PM PST

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