Kokutai no hongi: Cardinal Principles of the National Entity of Japan, published March 30, 1937:
- "The unbroken line of Emperors, receiving the Oracle of the Founder of the Nation, reign
eternally over the Japanese Empire. This is our eternal and immutable national entity.
Thus, founded on this great principle, all the people, united as one great family nation in
heart and obeying the Imperial Will, enhance indeed the beautiful virtues of loyalty and
filial piety. This is the glory of our national entity. This national entity is the eternal and
unchanging basis of our nation and shrines resplendent throughout our history....We must,
to begin with, know with what active brilliance this fountainhead shines within the reality
of the founding of our nation...[continues with Amaterasu founding myths from the
From: John O. Gauntlett, trans., R.K. Hall, ed., Kokutai no hongi: Cardinal Principles of the
National Entity of Japan (1949).