What are the differences between the Japanese Imperial Family and the British Royal Family?!

It is very common to hear trivia about the British Royal Family, however, few people know more about the Imperial Japanese family. This is because the British family is actually much more famous.

But, for you to know more about the Japanese, we compare some points between them.


Differences and Similarities Between the Imperial Japanese Family and the British Royal Family

First of all, it is necessary to point out that in Japan there is an image of an Emperor. While in the UK it is a King. For a period of time, British monarchs were also Emperor/Empress of India and rulers of a British Empire, but that was relegated to the past. The Japanese monarch is currently the only so-called “emperor”.

In the case of the line of succession, there is a very different relationship. British succession used to be male-preferred primogeniture, preferring males to females (no matter what age) but still allowing females to succeed to the throne if they had no brothers. As time passed this changed and now the rule is absolute birthright; older sisters remain ahead of younger brothers in the line of succession. What matters is the birth order.


Japanese succession rules, on the other hand, are extremely strict. Only men can hold the position of Emperor.

Also, when a daughter marries, she leaves the Imperial Family entirely. No male descendants through a female line can inherit.

Participation in the politics of the Japanese Imperial family and the British Royal family

In the Japanese case, it is defined in the constitution that “The Emperor will be the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people, deriving his position from the will of the people with whom sovereign power resides”. However, the Emperor has no political power. Before and during World War II the Emperor possessed these powers.


But with the US occupation after Japan lost the war, the Imperial family abdicated that power.

In the case of the British Royal Family, it is a little different. Despite not being able to directly affect politics, the British royal family is always in contact with whoever is the prime minister. In addition, like the Japanese imperial family, the British do a lot of social work.

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Abdicate the Throne in the Imperial Japanese Family and the British Royal Family

Another relevant point is what happens to those who abdicate imperial or royal status.


In the case of Japan this seems to be simpler. The former Japanese emperor had no serious problems abdicating the throne and this did not negatively affect the image of the imperial family.

In addition, when someone gets married and loses the status of a member of the imperial family, it even generates some media harassment, but nothing that questions the existence of the imperial family.

British monarchs traditionally do not abdicate, and the last time they did it was seen as shameful, leaving a lasting impression on then-Princess Elizabeth, the current Queen. It was seen as a dereliction of duty to the Crown. She never abdicated and stayed in office until she died. Whether British monarchs can ease this issue in the future I cannot say.

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