Emperor of Japan

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The Emperor (天皇 tennō?, literally "heavenly sovereign,"[1] formerly referred to as the Mikado (帝)) of Japan is the Japanese head of state. He is the head of the Japanese Imperial Family. He is also the highest authority of the Shinto religion.[2] Under Japan's present constitution, the Emperor is the "symbol of the state and the unity of the people," and is a ceremonial figurehead in a constitutional monarchy (see Politics of Japan). This is similar to the British monarch being both the Head of State and the Head of the Anglican Church, in that the Japanese Emperor is both the Head of the Shinto religion and the Head of the State of Japan.

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