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Goryōin In Law

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This section presents a note on the Goryōrin in Law. The Imperial House Law, which was enacted together with the Meiji Constitution, contained two articles pertaining to Imperial Hereditary Estates. The notion that matters of the Imperial Household properly lay beyond the purview of both Diet and imperial subjects was implicit in the fact that the Imperial House Law was not announced publicly until years after its enactment. As Itō Hirobumi put it, "the Imperial House Law is one that has been settled by the Imperial Family concerning their own affairs", and thus is not a matter of wider concern. And in that spirit, Article 74 of the Law declared that: "No modification of the Imperial House Law shall be required to be submitted to the deliberation of the Imperial Diet". So the House Law was to remain independent of Constitution and Diet.

Keywords: Goryōrin; Imperial House Law; Meiji constitution



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