Imperial Rescript on Education (Kyoiku Chokugo)


This Imperial Rescript of Education was made public on October 30th, 1890.
After the WWII, this is no longer taught at school, but this shows Japanese tradition of good moral and manner that many people have.

[Imperial Rescript of Education - on Elementary school's textbook]
 Know ye, Our subjects:
 Our lmperial Ancestors have founded Our Empire
on a basis broad and everlasting and have deeply
and firmly implanted virtue; Our subjects ever
united in loyalty and filial piety have from genera-
tion to generation illustrated the beauty thereof.
 This is the glory of the fundamental character of
Our Empire, and herein also lies the source of
Our education. Ye, Our Subjects, be filial to your
parents, affectionate to your brothers and sisters;
as husbands and wives be harmonious, as friends
true; bear yourselves in modesty and moderation;
extend your benevolence to all; pursue learning
and cultivate arts, and thereby develop intellectu-
al faculties and perfect moral powers; furthermore
advance public good and promote common inter-
ests; always respect the Constitution and observe
the laws; should emergency arise, offer yourselves
courageously to the State; and thus guard and
maintain the prosperity of Our Imperial Throne
coeval with heaven and earth. So shall ye not
only be Our good and faithful subjects, but render
illustrious the best traditions of your forefathers.
 The Way here set forth is indeed the teaching
bequeathed by Our Imperial Ancestors, to be
observed. alike by Their Descendants and the sub-
jects, infallible for all ages and true in all places.
 lt is Our wish to lay it to heart in all reverence,
in common with you, Our Subjects, that we may
all thus attain to the same virtue.

 The 30th day of the 10th month of the 23rd year of Meiji.
 (Imperial Sign Manual. Imperial Seal.)

English translation from "Junior High School Moral and Manner Textbook Vol.V Revised Edition", 1914.


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