The Japanese and the Emperor

"The world's oldest royal house" and the issues it faces in the 21st century

What does the Emperor mean to the people of Japan? On the occasion of the ascension of the country's 126th Emperor, NHK looks back in history to reveal how the royal house changed its relationship with the people throughout the ages. The program also attempts to recreate Daijosai, the Shinto ritual long shrouded in secrecy, as well as tackles the issue of succession. Featuring exclusive records of a royal member who raised alarm immediately after the war, we examine the arguments for and against the tradition of limiting succession to males whose paternal lineage can be traced back to the Emperor.