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 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”.