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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 Kojiki]"

From: John O. Gauntlett, trans., R.K. Hall, ed., Kokutai no hongi: Cardinal Principles of the National Entity of Japan (1949).