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Harvard East Asian Monographs 211

The People's Emperor

Democracy and the Japanese Monarchy, 1945-1995

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$24.95 • £19.95 • €22.50

ISBN 9780674010888

Publication Date: 02/28/2003


360 pages

6 x 9 inches

25 halftones, 4 line illustrations

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  • Illustrations
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • The Monarchy, “660 B.C.”–1945
    • The Making of the Modern Monarchy
    • The Monarchy after World War I
    • The Emperor System and the Fifteen-Year War, 1931–45
  • The Constitutional Symbolic Monarchy
    • The Symbolic Monarchy as Japanese Tradition
    • Interpreting the Emperor’s New Role
    • The Imperial Decoration System
    • Contesting the Symbolic Monarchy
    • Official Legitimization
    • The “Constitutional Symbolic Monarchy under Popular Sovereignty”
  • Ministerial Briefings and Emperor Hirohito in Politics
    • Briefings under the New Constitution and the Occupation, 1947–52
    • The Post-Occupation Period
  • Imperial War Responsibility and Apologies
    • Emperor Hirohito’s New Clothes
    • Emperor Hirohito and General Charles de Gaulle: Referents for Sanitized Memories of the War in Japan and France
    • The Right’s Endorsement of the Symbolic Monarchy
    • Imperial Apologies and the Constitution
  • Nationalistic Movements to Restore Cultural Symbols of the Monarchy
    • The Foundation Day Re-Establishment Movement
    • The Movement to Perpetuate the Reign-Name System
  • The “Monarchy of the Masses”
    • Hirohito, Emperor of the People
    • The Emergence of Crown Prince Akihito
    • An Imperial “Love Match”
    • Backlash Against the Monarchy of the Masses
    • The Warm, Fuzzy Heisei Monarchy
  • Conclusion
  • Reference Matter
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2004 Jiro Osaragi Commentary Prize, Asahi Shimbun
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