From left: Crown Prince Naruhito, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and Prince Akishino. Picture: Alamy
Wee Kek Koon
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Imperial ceremony in Japan angers taxpayers, but it’s got nothing on the pomp of ancient Chinese rituals

The Japanese government is being sued by plaintiffs who argue that the enthronement ceremony planned for the new emperor is ‘highly religious’ and goes against the separation of church and state. What would they have said about the elaborate annual Jitian ritual in imperial China?

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From left: Crown Prince Naruhito, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and Prince Akishino. Picture: Alamy
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