The Japanese word for a Japanese emperor is ten’nō and a foreign emperor is kōtei. See related words and their translations into Japanese in the next section.
|Emperor (Japanese emperor)|
|Emperor (Foreign emperor)|
|Emperor of Rome|
|Head of state|
Interesting facts about Japanese Emperors
According to the Kojiki Records, Emperor Jimmu was the first Japanese emperor in 660 BC. He, and all of his successors up to the present day are believed to be the descendants of the most important deity in the Shinto religion – the sun goddess Amaterasu.
Since the end of World War 2, the role of the emperor has become symbolic just like in the UK as well as in other European monarchies – a symbol of the State and of the unity of the people, instead of being directly involved in government powers.