Emperor Akihito saw diplomacy as path to make amends for war

By Mari Yamaguchi

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out with the old, in with the new .

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I hope his son will keep pressing on peace and keep fighting the Nippon Kaigi mentality

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He was strong. He knew right from wrong. And in spite of any threats he refused to visit Yasukuni as long as certain controversial names were forcibly introduced and included there.

I am sure the nation of Japan will give thanks for a dedicated life of service by this principled man.

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Original Statue of Liberty looks so smaller like in Tokyo.

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When he abdicates April 30, Akihito will become the first emperor in Japan's modern history to see his era end without ever having a war.

I don't think the Taisho Era had any wars either. Unless someone can chime in.

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You can tell from this article alone that Akihito really wanted to do a LOT more with respect to what Japan did in the 1930-40's BUT you can also CLEARLY see just how much the ldp made sure he did NOT do more where it seems the Emperor would have gladly tread!

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First World War?

Not big news in Japan at the time, but still a war involving the nation.

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His whole life was a symbol of the anti-democratic, misogynist, patriarchal nature of the Japanese Imperial state:

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His whole life was a symbol of the anti-democratic, , misogynist, patriarchal nature of the Japanese Imperial state

Actually, it was complete opposite: he proactively tried to find what constitutional monarchy should be under democracy; he showed steadfast royalty to his wife; and he showed a separation of power (権力) and authority (権威) of Japanese political system.

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Good for him.

He was under no obligation to do what he did, and had no political power to do anything.

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