I was wondering about all that and did not understand just how the whole elective office structure would be naturally co opted by the traditional family. Of course it was and so far as that goes it has worked well enough.
It still does little to properly mend fences with their neighbors and a public display is really demanded for that. How to construct one has obviously been a challenge. Perhaps a national day of mourning honoring all the Japanese war dead combined with a national day of contrition could do the job. That would allow setting wreaths in China even.
It is amazing just how long these wartime imbalances can linger.
Why is it so difficult for Japan to apologize for WWII in contrast to Germany?