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Whereas Chinese emperors were expected to be benevolent and maintain
justice in order to keep the 'mandate of ... 37 The unfathomable benevolence of
the emperor figured largely in the 'family state' and 'national essence' ideology (
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 ...
In reality, the 'restoration' of the emperor in no way restored his temporal powers.
... Since the sovereign was sacred and lese-majeste a serious offence, the
powerless emperors had always been ideal instruments in power games, and
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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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