The "symbol emperor" clause of the men's hereditary, which stipulated sovereign residents, was forcibly attached to the beginning of the current Constitution of Japan,
came into effect on May 3, 1947. Today, 74 and a half years later, it seems that this malformed symbolic emperor system has begun to collapse. It was the marriage turmoil of Prince Akishino's eldest daughter that clearly showed this. The birth of "Mako Komuro" can be said to be the result of a legitimate struggle of adult girls who want to live freely as a citizen, freed from the imperial shackles that can be said to be the essence of anachronism. The strange Komuro bashing centered on the weekly magazine is because it is a "marriage that cannot be understood by the taxpayers". As a result, the people of the imperial family were further bound by the provision of Article 1 of the current Constitution that "the status of the emperor (member of the imperial family) is deriving his position from thewill of the people with whom resides sovereign power." Current unmarried imperial members will be frightened by complaints that "the marriage is not based on the understanding and consensus of the people." It is highly possible that Prince Akishino's son(15), who is second in succession to the throne, will be reluctant to marry, and it will be rare for a woman to marry him, who is forced to give birth to a successor.
■ Popularization of the Emperor System- "Near the People"
However, the imperial family after the defeat was forced to work hard to survive. Emperor Showa also gained new charisma as a human emperor through the human declaration and domestic pilgrimage. Successors raised after the war are in a difficult position.
Emperor Heisei, who must acquire new charisma, continued to "search for a way to be a symbolic emperor," as he said in his abdication. With the catchphrase "close to the people," he continued his journey to the disaster-stricken areas and memorial services for the war dead, trying to "coexist" the popularized emperor system with postwar democracy.
However, the Emperor's clause of the current Constitution states, "The emperor is a symbol of Japan and a symbol of Japanese national unity, and this position is based on the consensus of the Japanese people who have sovereignty." It's just.
No matter how you repeat this article, the "symbolism and activities" sought by Emperor Heisei cannot be justified. Activities such as visits to disaster-stricken areas and memorial trips to the war dead are justified as long as they are recognized as "symbolic activities" based on "the understanding and consensus of the people." Even the act of state in Article 7 of the Constitution is reminded "for the people." Upon abdication during his lifetime, the words of Emperor Heisei said, "Thank you very much to the people." "People's understanding" is even a curse for imperial members.
The marriage between Mr. Komuro and Akisino's eldest daughter, Prince Akishino, who continued to be bashed, became a serious challenge for maintaining the symbolic emperor system, which is solely supported by "the understanding and consensus of the people."
On the imperial side, the cancellation of all official wedding events and the withdrawal of lump sum payments were unavoidable means of stopping the progress of the collapse of the symbolic emperor system. On the side of the Komuro's couple, who are like children of postwar education, they would not have been able to sacrifice themselves to maintain the symbolic emperor system.