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Lecture "Tennô: Past, Present and Future of Japanese Monarchy"


Japan is one of the most ancient hereditary monarchy in the world. Tennô is the millennial institution that has known how to maintain and adapt itself masterfully, not only in its historical environment, but also in its political, sociological and legal environment.

From the Meiji restoration of 1868 until nowadays, Salvador Rodríguez Artacho's lecture offers a tour around the evolution of Japanese Imperial Institution that went from divine Tennô to symbol Emperor and from Constitutional Monarchy to Symbolic Monarchy, where, from the entry into force of the new constitutional framework, the democratic principles and pacifism, the constitutional role of Tennô and of monarchy have taken place in full respect of its legal framework.

Monarchy embodies the millennial tradition but it isn't unaware of new challenges. Issues such as exclusion of women and conditions of belonging to the line of succession, or the recent abdication decision of Emperor Akihito place the Japanese monarchical system in front of the mirror, again, of these great historical moments. Japan faces a new era and not only in a figurative sense: shortly the change of the Heisei era to another whose name the whole country is wishing to get to know.

Lecture delivered by:
Salvador Rodríguez Artacho, researcher and expert in the Japanese Imperial Institution.

2019/02/21 18:00 h
Thursday 21st of February at 6.00pm
Casa Asia Centre-Madrid
Palacio de Cañete
c/ Mayor 69, 1ª planta
Free admission. Prior registration is required sending an e-mail to indicating the name of the lecture (El Tennô: pasado, presente y futuro de la monarquía japonesa), name, surnames and ID of attendants.
Fundación Japón-Madrid, in collaboration with Casa Asia, Centro Cultural HIspano-Japonés of University of Salamanca and University Autonomous of Barcelona
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