Why did the shogun rule Japan?
Feudalism in Medieval Japan was a time of warlords and shogun rule. The military rule took power while the emperor was only allowed to religious issues. It was an age of chaos where the warriors had to live and die for the sake of the lords. In return he was given financial security protection and a status in the society.
The Shogunate is established in Japan when Minamoto Yoritomo was one of the greatest statesmen Japan had ever produced.He was the founder of Japan's military government known as the SHOGUNATE. The chief military officer of shogunate is called "SHOGUN". A shogun controls the law,the courts and appointments to office. MINAMOTO YORITOMO,the elder brother of MINAMOTO YOSHITSUNE,became the first Shogun of Japan.
Commander of the armed forces. Feudal Japan had 2 areas of government. The administration and standard aristocracy controlled by the Emperor, and the military, controlled by the Shogun. There was quite a bit of overlapping, and the Shogun is SUPPOSED to serve the Emperor, but it didn't always work out that way.
Why did shoguns choose to rule through puppet emperors rather than seize the imperial throne themselves?
There were a few reasons for this. One was that it was tradition for Japan to have an emperor and people might not like the change to a shogun. The second is that if the shogun made a bad decision, he could blame the emperor. He had someone to blame, and was also not threatened because of this. The emperor would be hated.