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Emperor turns 64; mourns Ishikawa quake victims

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Life is a precious gift. Wishing Emperor Naruhito health and happiness. Happy birthday.

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although i am not Japanese, i hope he will stay healthy always. Tenno Heika banzai !

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Happy Birthday, Emperor Naruhito!

The Emperor's words and actions will bring joy, encouragement and hope to the victims of that terrible tragedy on New Years Day. They will be eagerly awaiting the Emperor and Empress' visit - whenever that may occur.

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Otanjoubi omedetou, Tenno!

Happy birthday to your royal highness!

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Protestant:

An honest question - Emperor of what, exactly?

If you are confused with an English translation, try in Japanese "天皇 (Tennō)", meaning "Ruler of Heaven".

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However why did it take so long for the emperor to address the nation after the earthquake disaster ?

Jishuku -自粛 - or voluntary self-restraint - limiting or avoiding extravagant or ostentious behaviour, when other peple are suffering.

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Why foreign diplomats decided to call him Emperor a long time ago?

Kwatt. I told you in the chunk you referred to. It was an affectation the Meiji monarch (and his handlers) insisted on. The word "tenno" meant nothing to English-speaking people, emperor did, though, thanks in part to Gilbert and Sullivan, the word "Mikado" (honourable gate) was known. Of course, Japan went on to have a brief empire.

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Maybe a ceremonial monarchy, however rises above politics, government, is the genuine heart and soul of the people.

“The situation is a matter that is related to the future of the imperial family,” Naruhito said, but declined to comment on the system. The Japanese emperor is not allowed to comment on politics.

I hope the people one day will be able to voice an opinion in a form of referendum.

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"Emperor of what, exactly?"

The Emperor of Japan, of course.

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Kuribozu

I think the question really is, of what empire is he the emperor? The Empire of Japan ended almost 80 years ago.

During the 6th and 7th centuries, Japan underwent a slow process of unification, bringing together about 60 small kingdoms under the rule of the Yamato clan. The result was a federation of kingdoms. The title of the Yamato ruler was "The Great King (大王)," while rulers of the subordinate kingdoms were simply called "King (王)." The ruler of the Yamato clan was literally the "emperor" of Japan. The current Japanese monarchy is descended from the rulers of the Yamato clan, hence the title of "emperor."

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I think the question really is, of what empire is he the emperor? The Empire of Japan ended almost 80 years ago.

Japan used to be a collection of warring villages/areas. These were collectively the empire, and it still exists (Japan is still a unified nation).

Japan had emperors well before "80 years ago", they didn't suddenly come up with the term in WWII: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_emperors_of_Japan

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Can't be Emperor.

Then how do you explain the fact that he is the emperor? Clearly he can be emperor.

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As I said before, Tenno is just Tenno. Forget the word emperor, then use the word Tenno instead of emperor. Many Japanese words became English words in the past. I can find Japanese words in the English dictionary.

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Many happy returned of the day Emperor Naruhito excuse my rudeness, distracted

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An honest question - Emperor of what, exactly?

The Meiji monarch insisted on being referred to as something higher than king, like European monarchs, so emperor became the official translation of Tenno.

I sympathise that you get downvoted for curiosity, Protestant. Just wondering what they feel about it all also seems like grounds for denunciation. Curiosity is forbidden in the empire. It's seen as criticism.

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The Meiji monarch insisted on being referred to as something higher than king, like European monarchs, so emperor became the official translation of Tenno.

Tenno is Tenno. Why foreign diplomats decided to call him Emperor a long time ago? Japan has no Empire. Tenno should be an English word, because Tenno is not exact word of Emperor. Many Japanese words became English words.

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Emperor usually has absolute power of anything. Japanese Emperor has no power. He even can't comment on politics. Tenno is just a symbol of the country. Can't be Emperor.

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"Emperor of what, exactly?"

The Emperor of Japan, of course.

I think the question really is, of what empire is he the emperor? The Empire of Japan ended almost 80 years ago.

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I always wonder what they really feel about it all.

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