posted on Dec, 29 2002 @ 09:14 AM
Essentially, F-M, it's because of the centrality of the mother goddess, of whom the Emperor is/was reckoned to be a direct descendant and hence,
Not, to be sure, an "avatar" in any Hindu sense; but a direct descendant and hence divine.
As a peace-condition the then Emperor, Hirohito, had to "renounce" his divinity (a condition that surely shows the level of political thinking at
that time!) hence the "official" attitude towards Shintoism.