Since Japan just got itself a new emperor, this is a good time to go back and look at an incident from the enthronement of the last emperor — and at a time where one local politician’s comment at a council meeting ignited a national firestorm which ended with him being shot.
Fields, Norma. In the Realm of a Dying Emperor
A Japan Times article on Naruhito’s coronation and the relative lack of protest compared to the last one
New York Times coverage of Motoshima’s shooting from 1990.