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What was the role of the emperor in medieval Japan?

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What was the role of the emperor in medieval Japan?

Emperors in Medieval Japan:

The position of emperor has a very long history in Japan. During Japan's medieval period, however, the role performed by the emperors is not one we typically associate with the title of emperor.

Answer and Explanation:

Although emperors existed all through the medieval period in Japan, from 1192 to 1867 they very rarely wielded actual power. Instead, they were symbols and figureheads of Japan's government. Political decisions rested in the hands of the shoguns, military dictators who ruled in the emperor's name, and the emperors mostly lived a ceremonial life.


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Medieval Japan: Religion, Government & Economy

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Chapter 5 / Lesson 17
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Read about Medieval Japan's social structure and religion. Learn about the economy and government of Japan in the Middle Ages and see how society changed over time.


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