How to Address an Emperor or Empress

How to Address the Emperor of Japan?

Wikipedia says you address the Emperor and Empress of Japan as Your Imperial Majesty, but my Dad says it is just Your Majesty? I figured you would know what was correct.
———————-– Ginger in California

Dear Ginger,
Your Dad is right.  The Emperor and Empress of Japan are addressed as His/Her/Your Majesty.

And you are right to note that just about every on-line source suggests the standard courtesy for an emperor or empress: Imperial Majesty.

There’s a history to this. My understanding is – as specified by an end-of-war peace agreement, their courtesy title was changed to be the same as kings and queens: Majesty.

See below: I’ve collected some official sources doing it correctly: the Embassy of Japan in Washington, The Embassy of Japan in London, and the current website of the Imperial Household in Tokyo .

The Household is still imperial, and the crown prince, crown princess, princes, and princesses are all still addressed as his/her/your imperial highness.

But the Emperor and Empress of Japan are now:
—-Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan
—-His Majesty the Emperor of Japan
—-Her Majesty the Empress of Japan
—-Their Majesties
—-His Majesty
—-Her Majesty
Your Majesty

– Robert Hickey

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