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Imperial Institution in Contemporary Japan: the Case of Emperor Akihito

Student: Evgeny Rybkin

Supervisor: Viktor Kuzminkov

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: Socioeconomic and Political Development of Modern Asia (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2021

On April 30, 2019, Akihito, Emperor of Japan, abdicated the Еhrone. It was an unprecedented event in contemporary Japan. The last abdication took place over 200 years ago. This event attracted a lot of public attention to the Imperial Institution, which underwent significant changes during the reign of Emperor Akihito. This study examines distinctive features of the Imperial Institution in Japan from the accession of Emperor Akihito to the Throne until his abdication.

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