The Role of the Japanese Monarchy: theory and reality

“The emperor system in Japan is an institution as old as the nation of Japan itself. The Emperor of Japan is one of the few remaining monarchs in the world. He is often compared to the monarch who sits on England’s storied throne. The first emperor, Jimmu Tenno, founded the country of Japan some 2500 years ago and the line of emperors has purportedly remained virtually unchanged these two and one half millennia. The emperor has continued on perpetually at the top of the pyramid in Japan’s social structure”