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The Japanese have an emperor because they believe he descended from a god.

I pointed out that that is not the definition of "emperor" in English...

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I thought the dad of the previous emperor renounced the god status? What happened?

On the night of November 14, the Raiwa emperor will perform a secret overnight ritual known as the daijosai. because the emperor is a god.

The Japanese have an emperor because they believe he descended from a god. That was abolished by the constitution but all the rituals performed have remained the same, as if the emperor were still a god.

Japan never had an empire until modern times.

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zichi:

Japan has an emperor because he descended from god

I thought the dad of the previous emperor renounced the god status? What happened?

and is the highest rank even above a king. Some kings and queens have been emperors too. None of which I actually believe.

I thought emperors are elected/selected/self-declared rulers of empires and unlike kings do not come from one bloodline (look at the long strings of Roman emperors). Has that definition changed?

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Japan has an emperor because he descended from god and is the highest rank even above a king. Some kings and queens have been emperors too. None of which I actually believe.

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fgm:

The Emperor is the visible embodiment of the Japanese people.

Visibie embodiment? err... ok....

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The Emperor is the visible embodiment of the Japanese people.

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Downvote a factual statement. Wow

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I've never understood why Japan has an Emperor but doesn't have an empire. Shouldn't he just be the King?

Well, they had an empire before, but that ended. I suppose the title in English just stuck. How do you want to translate "tenno" anyway?

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I've never understood why Japan has an Emperor but doesn't have an empire. Shouldn't he just be the King?

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Um, that guy does know that the emperor is the head of state right? He has no reserve executive power, but just like karl Gustav of Sweden, he acts as the figurehead of symbol of his country. Abe is the head of govt (political leader).

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Hubert GulletchipToday  10:40 am JST

If they were not harming anybody, I say good on them! "obstructing police" means what exactly? Again, if no harm was done, then good! Stand up to this useless tripe.

by the constitution written by american at the end of the war, the Japanese circus democracy begun.

it never exist in the Japanese mind. democracy is a concept from the West.

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The groups opposed to the idea of an emperor and/or one supported by tax money are nothing new. The extremes that a few of them are willing to go to and have in the past is a reason for the heavy security we see. My impression is that many people are aware of their existence but few are interested or feel strongly enough enough to get involved with them. A gathering in Tokyo yesterday with a lecture by a university professor had about 140 attendees.

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If they were not harming anybody, I say good on them! "obstructing police" means what exactly? Again, if no harm was done, then good! Stand up to this useless tripe.

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Norman, “I think he meant on the TV.”

You could be right. Here it is from a tv broadcaster:

銀座で“天皇制反対”訴えデモ 男女3人を逮捕

[2019/10/22 23:36]

https://news.tv-asahi.co.jp/news_society/articles/000167413.html

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Here it is:

I think he meant on the TV. The printed word is not "broadcast". Relegating such news to the printed word is a form of censorship. This is because more citizens get their news from the TV and kids don't read the papers.

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gokai_wo_manekuToday  09:06 am JST

“Well, this is something not at all broadcast by Japanese news. This article is the first time I heard about this.”

Here it is:

天皇制反対デモ 公務執行妨害容疑で3人逮捕 東京・新橋

10/22(火) 20:14配信 

https://mainichi.jp/articles/20191022/k00/00m/040/248000c

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Well, this is something not at all broadcast by Japanese news. This article is the first time I heard about this.

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Mean while, right wing anti-Korean groups that scream hate speech, have been getting a pass for yrs in Korean shopping enclaves. Where is the parity?

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The sad thing being given the re-education happening in schools right now, these beautiful expressions of freedom might become a thing of the past. An event that contravenes the constitution and the opposition is cricket sounds. Why pretend there's democracy in the first place?

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So much for all those who keep saying all Japanese people are "like sheep", never protest or oppose authorities.

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The three were arrested on suspicion of obstructing officers from performing their duty after clashing with riot police deployed to the area, the police said.

Straight from the PRC book of how to deal with dissent.

Japan is a pseudo-democracy at best if this kind of small scale protest is quashed by law enforcement.

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The protesters weren't exactly raining on the Emperor's parade, but nipping undesirable thoughts in the bud is an instinctive, culturally and historically well-established precautionary measure taken by skittish authoritarians in the Land of (Rei)Wa.

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Up to 26,000 police were mobilized from across the country to guard the capital.

Sounds like many places were quite vulnerable with all the police focused on one place.

Also, I think those protesters had a valid point as to the separation of state and religion :

"(The ceremony) gives the impression that the emperor is the head of state. We cannot allow (the rite) because it violates the constitutional separation of state and religion,"

I mean I am all for the change, but.......

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They were probably upset French wines was served with Japanese washoku instead of Japanese sake (or even Japanese wines). There are some fantastic white and rose style wines being produced by Japanese wine makers here (when the weather doesn't stuff them up).

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Chip Star - Royalty is an unnecessary vestige of a time when people believed the world was flat. Good on the protesters for making themselves heard

Unfortunately, there are still many people who believe the earth is flat. There are also even more people who believe in an interventionist god.

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sorry, this is democracy buddy....

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It's encouraging to see groups like this making a noise against useless narcissistic ceremonies like this.

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I wonder what specifically they did to "obstruct police officers"? I assume that now they've been arrested, the Japanese media will be following up by telling us about the filing of formal charges, their pleas, bail conditions, comments from their lawyers, etc. Right?

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Royalty is an unnecessary vestige of a time when people believed the world was flat. Good on the protesters for making themselves heard.

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