Monarchies: What are Kings and Queens For?

“The respect for the monarchy is maintained by the way in which the heads of state, at critical junctures, have carefully managed to play a temporising and refereeing role. This respect has been enhanced by the manner in which political leaders have cultivated the image of the monarch as a reliable king-arbitrator (vide Belgium) or a stable supervisory power above the political parties (vide the Netherlands)”

The Emperors of Modern Japan

“The Japanese emperors, a peculiar and unique phenomenon in modern times, are the subject of this important handbook edited by Ben-Ami Shillony. An international team of leading scholars looks at these emperors – Meiji (Mutsuhito), Taishō (Yoshihito), Shōwa (Hirohito), and the present emperor Akihito – both as personalities, and as a constantly developing institution. It becomes clear that both the personalities, and the periods in which they reign(ed) have shaped Japanese monarchy, and our image of it”

Windows for the Crown Prince

Autobiography of the English tutor of Akihito “We want you to open windows on to a wider world for out Crown Prince” —Viscount Matsudaira

“Chiefly I thought about the Crown Prince and wondered what kind of child he was. He was twelve, I knew, nearing thirteen. I had seen newspapers photographs of a chubby little boy with a direct, intelligent gaze, and I found these photographs, blurred as they were appealing. He seemed to be so thoroughly, solidly, himself

Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan

“The emperor who emerges from this work was a fallible human being, susceptible to the same desires, drives, instincts, and faults common to all human beings, but with a prolonged educational experience such as probably no one in the entire world, except himself, was given. For much of his life he was at or near the center of power, the active agent of his and the ruling elite interests. The knowledge he had of both the public stage and the hidden machinations of government no other individual has shared. To think of him as the one individual whose very existence manifested the deepest political dilemmas of modern Japan could be quite accurate

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”

El destino de la monarquía japonesa

“Lo cierto es que hay una razón importante para que esta antigua institución indígena haya sobrevivido a siglos de desarrollo y a la acción de poderosas fuerzas extremas que la tuvieron al borde de su extinción”

The Role of Monarchy in the Political Modernization of Japan

“The Japanese executive is one of the oldest political structures now in existence. Fred Riggs has observed that ‘once established, structures have a tendency to survive despite changes in their functions’. The imperial institution of Japan has survived for nearly two thousand years while the social, economic and political infrastructures have undergone evolutionary and revolutionary change. Japan’s imperial throne has done more than survive modernization: it has play a positive role in political modernization-that is, in the establishment of a stable and effective government”

La monarquía española y la monarquía japonesa

“El Año Dual España-Japón conmemora 400 años de relaciones comerciales y políticas entre ambos países. El Instituto Internacional de Ciencias Políticas ha querido sumarse a esta importante conmemoración con la celebración de un Seminario de Derecho Constitucional Comparado que aborda la importancia de la Institución Monárquica en España y Japón como elemento de estabilidad política y en las relaciones bilaterales entre ambos países”.