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This is really pathetic. Suga politicizes the Emperor for his schemes.

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday dismissed claims that the country's emperor is "concerned" the Tokyo Olympics could spread the coronavirus, saying the comments were the opinions of an imperial household representative.

So does Suga now have a more intimate relationship and daily contact with the Emperor than the head of IHA? This strawberry farmer is a professional bs artist of the highest order.

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Course he is.

“Ugandan team member arriving in Tokyo had Delta virus variant”

headline from another JT article.

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Just ask the Emperor directly. Of course he's concerned as would anyone with more than half a brain.

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Septim DynastyToday 04:06 pm JST

Suga politicizes the Emperor for his schemes.

That's how it's been done in Japan for millennia, duh

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well, he should be concerned.

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Suga, you don't need to speak for the emperor. He can speak for himself. And he just did.

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The content in the "concerned" comment is hardly controversial. One the one hand, it never dictates the Japanese government, the host Tokyo or the IOC about what to do/what not to do. It never blames nor hold accountable anyone in charge.

On the other hand, its core message is identified with the large majority of public views having been addressed in various polls, expert opinions and random interviews on the streets. If they are now and only reacting to this "another" one, it's (again) too late.

Furthermore, the briefing process was very conventional, rigorously scheduled and hardly surprising. Even boring. "Indirect messaging" style has been practised in many occasions, nothing at all unusual. Some media outlets seem to get excited while others upset. Chill out!

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Didn’t the emperor just say yesterday he was? So Suga is calling him a liar?

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Lol. Why wouldn't he be worried??

Suga you're just so bad at everything.

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Japan's version of 'checks and balances' at work for all to see. Everyone's face is saved. Like the springs and dampers/shocks on a vehicle, they make for a more comfortable ride.

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But the remarks were dismissed Friday by Suga, who told reporters Nishimura had "expressed his own opinion".

The line was echoed by Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa and top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato.

The indirect message from the Imperial House is a common style, and plays a role as a foreword and observation. Detaching it from Emperor is also a typical defense tactic for the government. But caution! While I respect and support "Emperor reigns, not rules" principle, it's too early and risky to blush aside or downplay it.

Remember how the former Emperor (now Emperior Emeritus) proceeded his early retirement. It started with an indirect message by his grand steward. To further clarify, the emperor himself came out and made a statement (video-recorded). All deniers claiming "it's not his majesty's intent!" got wrong and ashamed.

Above all it's not the primary issue about who is saying. What is said in the statement and how well it makes sense are more significant.

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Excellent Point! @Bobo 4:41pm - Will defer to the ‘resident scholars’ for more clarity on the issue but, …

- “Didn’t the emperor just say yesterday he was [“worried”] ? So Suga is calling him a lia

… it appears Suga’s insistence to the contrary “openly and embarrassingly questions” the Emperor’s concerns for “the People”.

*- Jun 24 “the head of the Imperial Household Agency said Thurs: "His majesty is very worried about the current infection situation of COVID-19," Yasuhiko Nishimura, grand steward, said at a press conf. “I suppose that the emperor is concerned that while there are voices of anxiety among the public, the holding (of the Games) may lead to the expansion of infections," Nishimura said.” -*

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So the person is an idiot or not? I’m confused

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So says Suga. Since when does he speak for Japanese royalty?

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By taking this interpretation openly, though, Suga has just laid his political neck on the line.

It will have been noted, and may well be used as ammunition against him, if or when things go pear-shaped.

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Since when has any prime minster assumed the position as an official spokesperson for the Imperial House of Japan?

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This alone is inexcusable. No noblesse, not even elected in regular nationwide elections, who does that guy think he is or ever has been?

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How disgusting is Suga’s comment!

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But the remarks were dismissed Friday by Suga, who told reporters Nishimura had "expressed his own opinion".

The line was echoed by Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa and top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato.

All this sensitive reading of feelings and intentions about who is is power or may have the ear of those in power. Very Japanese and medieval and eminently counterproductive in this situation.

Just listen to the Japanese only if you want, medical experts who almost unanimously say: This Olympics is a bad idea in this pandemic situation.

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Of course he is concerned, everyone with a grain of brain left would be! Good on him to be concerned, at least one person is doing his job here!

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What is Suga talking about? It was only yesterday that there was an article stating the emperor was concerned:

https://japantoday.com/category/national/urgent-emperor-concerned-olympics-may-increase-infections-official-believes

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Suga, you just called your God a lair!!! You are going to hell for that!!!

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From yesterday's news:

"His majesty is very worried about the current infection situation of the COVID-19 disease," Yasuhiko Nishimura, grand steward of the agency, said at a press conference.

So Nishimura is lying?

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Japan would be better served with an absolute monarchy and dissolving the parliament. It is a much better than the current oligarchy anyways, votes are just a farce anyways, when has a political family ever lost? People either just vote for political family or not vote, just a waste of time and money. Election results are never in question.

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They only tell the Emperor what to say. The entire imperial family is their hostage. They can't even choose an offspring, someone else will decide if it is OK or not. Give him a break.

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The strawberry farmer has stumbled over the emperors outstretched leg and made a most ungraceful recovery!

(un croche-pied, in French)

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Suga, dismisses the Emperor's concern - just as he has dismissed the factual contentions of the medical and scientific communities. Suga's loyalty is neither to Japan or the peoples of Japan - he serves other masters and his own selfish interests. Instead of appreciating the remarks from the Royal household and giving thanks, he is disparaging towards the Emperor, who unlike Suga is aware of the dangers.

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Suga insists......

Suga has a lot of confidence issues, doesn't he?

It's almost as if he thinks people don't trust or believe anything he says.

I wonder why he would think that?

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Suga is one of representatives of Japanese politician who tamper with inconvenient fact.

Ruling party LDP including Suga only want to take advantage of emperor but disrespect voices from emperor.

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The power of the Prime Minister has no bounds he does not only control what the Emperor says, no he even controls what he thinks.

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"emperor not worried about Olympics" is just interpretation of Suga.

There is clear gap between Japan's royal family and government since previous Abe regime.

LDP government nominated Nishimura as the head of the Imperial Household Agency to silence "inconvenient" voices from emperor.

therefore, Nishimura doesn't need to forge voices of emperor.

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Since when has any prime minister assumed the position as an official spokesperson for the Imperial House of Japan?

In practical terms, since Tojo. Albeit Tojo was made Prime Minister at the behest of His Imperial Majesty Hirohito.

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With Suga, it's Olympics above the Emperor. Nothing else matters to arrogant Suga.

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Any & All confidence in this Prime Minister is now gone.

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Tricky situation - the Emperor has no sway in Politics these days for good reason.

Even though, his personal opinion may be aligned with that of the Population before he even came to his own personal statement.

One has to wonder, over of the blind stubborn headedness of the Political Elite, whether they have stopped listening to those whom they serve - or do they serve just, a minority above the voting base ? And the rest is just a Charade ? And .. even then, is the Emperors comments simply a side-event aimed at guiding Japan back to it's form Emperor/God/Divine governed days ? One has to wonder...

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Suga insists emperor not worried about Olympics

So in Japan, the PM. speaks for the Head of State.

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Politicians 2nd hand car salesmen and estate agent’s are trained as liars. Suga will be replaced by another liar

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