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Japan

  • J. Scott Keltie
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)

Abstract

The Japanese claim that their empire was founded by the first Emperor Jimmu Termō, 6C0 B.c., and that the dynasty founded by him still reigns. It was revived in the year 1868 (the first year of the Meiji), when the now ruling (de jure) sovereign overthrew, after a short war, the power of the Shogun (the de facto sovereign), who had held the ruling power in successive families, since the twelfth century; and in 1871 the feudal system (Hōken Seiji) was entirely suppressed. The Emperor bears title of Tennō; but the appellation by which he is called in relation to external affairs is ‘ Kōtei,’ a word of Chinese origin. Only foreigners make use of the poetical title ‘ Mikado.’

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1915

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Scott Keltie
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  1. 1.The Royal Geographical SocietyUK
  2. 2.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandParisFrance
  3. 3.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandBerlinGermany
  4. 4.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandPetrogradRussia
  5. 5.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandMunichGermany
  6. 6.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandRomeItaly
  7. 7.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandLisbonPortugal
  8. 8.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandAmsterdamNetherlands
  9. 9.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandBrusselsBelgium
  10. 10.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandBuda-PestHungary
  11. 11.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandGenevaSwitzerland
  12. 12.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandNeuchatelSwitzerland
  13. 13.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandPhiladelphiaUSA
  14. 14.Commercial Geographical Society of ParisFrance

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