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This collection of 14 essays by 12 scholars, ranging from academic, journalistic, speculative, to advisory, makes an excellent introduction to the scope of arguments presently made about tenno, Japan’s “emperors.”

With the exception of the first essay, by Akira Imatani, which is a quick historical rundown — from the latest archaeological findings to a forecast — the articles deal with the four most recent tenno, from the Meiji Emperor to the present one, Akihito.

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