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Date : November 28, 2018

Video report: Opinions of the Japanese Public on the Imperial Family (Dr. Hideya KAWANISHI, Nagoya Univ. Associate Professor)

post date : 2018.11.27

With the imperial succession taking place in less than six months, there has been significant interest in the emperor and the imperial system, as well as in the rituals and ceremonies involved. How did the Japanese people feel about the emperor during the change from the Showa era to the Heisei era, and how do they feel now with the next era soon to begin? How have those feelings changed, and what were the historical circumstances behind those changes?


The FPCJ invited Dr. Hideya Kawanishi, an associate professor at the Nagoya University Graduate School of Humanities and author of books on the emperor including Emperor Akihito and Post-war Japan, to discuss this topic. Professor Kawanishi is an expert in Japanese history, and researches how the system of the emperor as the symbol of Japan was formed and developed, focusing in particular on the system’s relationship with the mass media.


The briefing had a total of 28 participants including journalists from China, South Korea, Singapore, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K., and U.S.A..


[Handout] FPCJ press briefing 181128

- Date: November 28 (Wed), 2018
- Briefer: Dr. Hideya Kawanishi, Associate Professor, Nagoya University Graduate School of Humanities 
- Language: Japanese (with consecutive English interpretation)


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