Imperial Rescript on Education, 1890
Our Imperial 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 generation 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 intellectual faculties
and perfect moral powers; furthermore advance public good and promote common
interests; 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
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 subjects, infallible for all ages and true
in all places.It is Our wish to lay it to heart in all reverence, in common
with you, Our subjects, that we may thus attain to the same virtue.
The 30th day of the 10th month of the 23rd year of Meiji.
(October 30, 1890)