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The 'takamikura' (throne) and the Imperial Regalia are based on mythology, and they will be used to demonstrate the legitimacy of the emperor as a descendent of the god. This violates Article 1 of the Constitution, which stipulates that the emperor derives his position from the will of the people.

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Koichi Yokota, professor emeritus of the Constitution at Kyushu University. Some scholars have voiced concerns about potential violations of stipulations in the Constitution on popular sovereignty and separating state and religion, when the emperor is enthroned on Oct 22.

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It seems like all of the hundred or so lawsuits that were filed last year over this issue have been tossed out of court, just like all the suits that were rejected during the last enthronement. I don't know why this one professor keeps pushing this theory. I think a lawsuit against Kyushu University by students who attended this guy's classes and later failed the bar exam would have a better chance in court.

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@ M3M3M3 -

Good point !

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Then you would need to believe in a God, which I certainly do not. These treasures are sort of like the crown jewels that other nations have. The emperor derives his position probably from more than 90% of the will of the people.

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Imperial Regalia

Three Sacred Treasures of Japan,

 Sword Kusanagi (草薙劍),

Mirror Yata no Kagami (八咫鏡),

Jewel Yasakani no Magatama (八尺瓊勾玉).

The regalia represent the three primary virtues: valor (the sword), wisdom (the mirror), and benevolence (the jewel).

"The importance of the Imperial Regalia to Japan is also evident from the declarations made by Emperor Hirohito to Kōichi Kido on 25 and 31 July 1945 at the end of World War II, when he ordered the Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal of Japan to protect them "at all costs"."

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The J emperor, *l*ike the British monarchy, is a hangover from entrenched Feudal Systems -t hat were ubiquitous during the Middle Ages throughout Europe and many parts of the world - which characterized the economic, social and political structure of society.

In fact. the J system that maintains the current emperor was embedded into the J Constitution by the Allies (US) in the surrender and peace agreement signed in t TOKYO BAY, JAPAN in SEPTEMBER 1945.

This argues strongly in support of Koichi Ypgatas claim.

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