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Japan’s Imperial House in the Postwar Era, 1945–2019

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ISBN 9780674244481

Publication Date: 02/04/2020

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440 pages

6 x 9 inches

24 photos, 5 illus., 6 color illus,

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Three cheers to the Harvard University Asia Center for publishing an updated version of Ruoff’s landmark study of Japan’s postwar monarchy in a global context. In translation, the original edition was awarded Japan’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize and is considered by many Japanese to be the most important study of the monarchy ever published. In this updated edition, Ruoff deftly analyzes the Heisei Monarchy (1989–2019) under Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, including the abdication of Akihito, as well as the heir crisis that imperils the future of the imperial line.—Sir David Cannadine, Dodge Professor of History, Princeton University

The original edition of The People’s Emperor is the finest work we have on the Japanese monarchy since World War II, widely read and widely praised in its Japanese translation as well. The new and expanded edition assess the three-decade reign of the Heisei monarch, Akihito, with insight and balance. It thoughtfully addresses the ongoing challenges facing a male-only monarchy in an era of changing views on gender and a dearth of male heirs.—Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University

I am delighted that the incisive analysis of Japan’s monarchy in the postwar era provided in The People’s Emperor has been updated to include developments up through the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in Japan.—Takeshi Hara, Professor of Politics and Social Governance, The Open University of Japan

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