A rescript is a document that is issued not on the initiative of the author, but in response (it literally means 'written back') to a specific demand made by its addressee. It does not apply to more general legislation.
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... Imperial Rescript on Education Imperial Rescript to Soldiers and Sailors. ...
... The Rescript was presented to Army Minister Yamagata Aritomo directly by Emperor Meiji in person in a special ceremony held at the Tokyo Imperial Palace ... shortly after the Satsuma Rebellion, the Rescript stressed absolute personal loyalty of each individual member of the military to the Emperor ... The Rescript also cautioned military personnel to avoid involvement with political parties or politics in general, and to avoid being influenced by current opinions in the newspapers, reflecting Yamagata's ...
More definitions of "rescript":
- (noun): A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge).
Synonyms: decree, edict, fiat, order
- (noun): A reply by a Pope to an inquiry concerning a point of law or morality.