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Emperor Emeritus Akihito turns 90

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Emperor emeritus has always been engaged in keeping Japan a peaceful country after the Second World War . He must be very concerned seing military winds blowing again.

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Tenno Heika banzai !

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Happy birthday Emperor Emeritus Akihito

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He always strikes me as being thoughtful and kindly.

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Happy birthday to Emperor Emeritus Akihito. I virtually run into him a number of years ago, at the Norwegian Institute of Technology. He was making an unannounced visit with his wife. I came running down the main stairway and and older Asian gentleman stepped aside to make way for the young professor in a hurry. Later a colleague told me: "Do you know who you almost run down today? The emperor om Japan". I still remember the mild, friendly smile on his face when I passed him in a rush. Had I known any Japanese at that time I would have said 申し訳ございません. Luckily I'm still allowed to enter Japan in spite of such an inexcusable 失礼.

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Happy Birthday to a talented and lovely man.

Had the great honour to be cordially invited to one of his ceremonies when he awarded our Prime Minister with decorations.

Was a special event for sure and truely a nice occasion.

They had a fully stocked bar, that flowed freely, that's for sure.

Best wishes and good health.

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Happy Birthday to his royal highness, may he have many more .

お誕生日 おめでとう ございます

彼はもっとたくさん持っていますように

otanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu

Kare wa motto takusan motte imasu yō ni

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You gotta love an Emperor.

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@Rakuraku Can’t say the same for his predecessor!

Emperor emeritus has always been engaged in keeping Japan a peaceful country after the Second World War . He must be very concerned seeing military winds blowing again.

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@lunge im What a dream!

Happy birthday to Emperor Emeritus Akihito. I virtually run into him a number of years ago, at the Norwegian Institute of Technology. He was making an unannounced visit with his wife. I came running down the main stairway and and older Asian gentleman stepped aside to make way for the young professor in a hurry. Later a colleague told me: "Do you know who you almost run down today? The emperor om Japan". I still remember the mild, friendly smile on his face when I passed him in a rush. Had I known any Japanese at that time I would have said 申し訳ございません. Luckily I'm still allowed to enter Japan in spite of such an inexcusable 失礼.

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Rakuraku Can’t say the same for his predecessor!

Emperor emeritus has always been engaged in keeping Japan a peaceful country after the Second World War . He must be very

I fully agree. Emperors Meiji and Hirohito bear a heavy responsibility in the rise of toxic ultra nationalism and all the atrocities committed by Japan before world war 2. Emeritus emperor and current emperor have learn the lesson and be great agents of peace since then.

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lunheimDec. 23  06:48 pm JST

Happy birthday to Emperor Emeritus Akihito. I virtually run into him a number of years ago, at the Norwegian Institute of Technology. He was making an unannounced visit with his wife. I came running down the main stairway and and older Asian gentleman stepped aside to make way for the young professor in a hurry. Later a colleague told me: "Do you know who you almost run down today? The emperor om Japan". I still remember the mild, friendly smile on his face when I passed him in a rush. Had I known any Japanese at that time I would have said 申し訳ございません. Luckily I'm still allowed to enter Japan in spite of such an inexcusable 失礼.

Count your blessings on meeting this fellow. And as for saying the wrong thing, I've done it too. In Montreal, Canada there was a wedding and the newlywed couple came into the tourist lounge of the Notre Dame Basilica where we all were. Canadian French speakers greeted them in their local French dialect, I greeted them with a supportive-but- out-of-context 'Salut'. That caused a little confusion, then I grabbed their hands and shook them together; saying 'Uh, congratulations!'. I guess they could tell I was an American tourist.

And if I'm correct, Japanese is one of the very few languages that doesn't have any true 'cuss' words so you must have done something right.

Happy birthday to Emperor Emeritus Akihito.

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