Public Views on the Imperial Family

From “Attitude Survey on the Imperial Household”

Published: March 1, 2020

Prior to the enthronement ceremony “Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi” that took place in October 2019, the author had conducted a telephone survey to study the public attitudes towards the Imperial Household including their interest in the Imperial Family and opinions on the imperial succession. The survey finds that those interested in the current Imperial Family, those feeling an affinity with them, and those feeling the distance between the Imperial Family and the Japanese citizens are getting closer account for around 70%, respectively, which tells that many of Japanese citizens have interest in or a sense of closeness to the Imperial Family. Likewise, around 70% support the ideas of female Emperors and jokei tenno (female-line Emperors, or the enthronement of a child born to a female Emperor and a non-imperial family man), respectively. Meanwhile, only about 40% know the meaning of jokei tenno, and those who think the Imperial Household system should be revised stays at around 50%.

The NHK Monthly Report on Broadcast Research

Hiroshi Aramaki

in Japanese