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Tenno, Monarch, Monarchy, Republic, Japanese Constitution

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Article 1 of the Japanese Constitution stipulates that Tenno is the " symbol of the State and of the unity of the people". Under Japanese Constitution, Tenno has deprived of political authorities, and prohibited from involving in the national politics. On the other hand, monarch's traditional merkmar includes a certain degree of governing power, which Tenno does not possess. Here arise the problem that Tenno is a monarch or not, and this problem also relates to the question of whether political system of Japan is a monarchy or a republic. This article introduces academic views on this topic, and shows brief consideration.

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