Imperial Seal of Japan
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The Imperial Seal is used by members of the Japanese Imperial family. Under the Meiji constitution, no one was permitted to use the Imperial Seal except the Emperor of Japan, so each member of the Imperial family used a slightly modified version of the seal. Shinto shrines related to the Imperial family also use the relevant modified versions of the Imperial Seal as their seals.
The Imperial Seal of Japan , means "Noble Symbol of Chrysanthemum" or "Imperial Seal of Chrysanthemum" .
The symbol is a yellow or orange chrysanthenum with black or red outlines and background. A central disc is surrounded by a front set of 16 petals. A rear set of 16 petals are half staggered in relation to the front set and are visible at the edges of the flower.
As of 2005, there is no law that specifies what the National Seal of Japan is. As a custom, the Imperial Seal is treated as if it were the National Seal. It is on the cover of Japanese passports, for example. This is similar to the custom in certain other monarchies, such as the United Kingdom, in which the personal arms of the monarch are treated (to an extent) as the national arms of the country.It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Chrysanthemum Throne.