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Whereas Chinese emperors were expected to be benevolent and maintain
justice in order to keep the 'mandate of Heaven', their Japanese counterparts, as
direct descendants of the sun goddess, were not in need of heavenly
State Shinto, established to provide spiritual nourishment for the 'emperor system'
, functioned as an umbrella organisation incorporating all other religions, which
had to abandon any tenets that conflicted with emperor-worship. State Shinto ...
Institutionalising irresponsibility The first thing the new rulers did, in an attempt to
solve their colossal legitimacy problem, was to move the Meiji emperor from his
palace in Kyoto to the shogunal castle in Edo, which was renamed Tokyo.
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While the author seems biased by his own negative experiences as a foreigner trying to work in Japanese media, his severe critique of the weakness of Japanese leadership has been confirmed by events to a considerable degree. Read full review
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