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U.S. to send Pence to emperor's post-accession ceremony; Prince Charles also coming

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theResident

@zichi: You are totally entitled to have your voice heard, but if you choose to live here then you should accept without argument that you are in the minority. We have had our purge of monarchies in the current age, so you are in fact just wasting your breath when there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.

In your first comment you suggested accept or leave. Now you are suggesting I should accept I'm in a minority. I expressed my opinion about the monarchy systems as I always do, but I wasn't making an issue of it unlike you.

I am more than aware that in the UK at least 80% of the Brits support the monarchy. In Japan I would put it higher at 90-95%, but neither country has 100% support for the monarchy system. The Japanese Communist Party do not, for instance.

In a democracy, which both Britain and Japan are, free speech is the norm so you don't get to decide which opinions I should hold or when I want to express them.

The majority of the country also support the death penalty, I do not.

As for monarchies were did I suggest doing anything about them.

In the end the citizen's of a country will decide which political system it will have. Elected leaders or unelected heads of state kept by the taxpayer.

I have no say on what happens in Japan, but I can still have my opinion.

theResident

Final question: What is that you fear?

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theResident

I really don't see why anybody has any issues. If you have a problem paying tax to support a monarchy in a country which you live in (whether you agree with it or not), then move elsewhere. Pretty simple considering how ""international" you all think you are.

So if I don't like or agree about something instead of an opinion I should just move to another country.

No, I don't think so!

When I lived in The UK, and also since living in Japan, I'm not a supporter of non elected heads of state.

I'm no supporter of the British royal family or the Japanese imperial family. Two very wealthy families.

As for a president, they are at least elected by the people.

I believe when someone pays taxes they also have a voice about how it should be used.

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Prince Charles also coming ? OMG.

As first in line to the throne in Britain, of course he will attend. Not sure what OMG is suposed signify.

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Why would Prince Charles not come? Why ""OMG""? He is here to represent the Queen who no longer travels long haul. It is the enthronement ceremony of Monarch. What is issue with you that the second in line to the UK throne should attend? Japan and the UK have developed very good and very close relations on many levels since the end of WW2. So - once again Akie, please explain your amazement.

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If Trump attends then as far as the foreign media is concerned the ceremony will be all about Trump. Did he say anything stupid, did he behave himself, did he offend/snub anyone, how was his body language with Melania, etcetera. The Emperor and the occasion itself won't get a look-in. So Pence is the right, relatively non-controversial choice.

As The Resident says, the Queen no longer does long haul flights, so Prince Charles is the correct choice for the UK.

Is South Korea sending anyone?

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Unwanted Mike Pence

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It seems to me S Korea would not send anyone to the ceremony for sure as long as they say "Don't buy Japanese products and Don't go to Japan". So S Korea would be only miserable country that does not join in the ceremony.

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I thought I read elsewhere in SK media that the Prime Minister was coming? I could be wrong on that.

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China VP may not be invited depending on what’s going to happen in Hong Kong.

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Will Charles bring his biscuit warmer with him?

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Who is this guy exactly?

He looks apologetic in that pic, so I have instantly liked him.

Never got an apology that I totally hated.

Less sure about the religious undertones in the background. What gives with that?

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I would have never thought that. He kind of looks like a disciple to me. Could he be the chosen one?

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Is South Korea sending anyone?

S Koreans are now saying "Don't buy Japanese products and Don't go to Japan". It seems S Korea would be only country that they don't send anyone.

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How impressive, Mike Pence.

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Oh come on. That's the best picture of Pence you could find? Very professional...

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Don't care for Pence, but anyone is better than the Demented Dimwit who embarrassed both himself and our country the last two visits...

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Many countries will send their representatives of state to the ceremony costing many million of yen, including transporting the thrones from Kyoto Imperial Palace, and restoring them. Building two shrines in the Tokyo Imperial Palace which will be demolished after the ceremony.

Further ceremonies will be paid by the imperial family.

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ozellis

Who is this guy exactly?

Trump's foot stool.

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Why Pence?

Anybody else notice the religious background of the picture?

Pence is bile, he makes Dick Chaney look like a saint.

As much as I despise Trump, I take Trump over Pence any day.

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Yes - The ceremony will cost a fortune. So? The next UK Coronation will cost a fortune. The Presidential Inauguration costs a fortune and that is every 4 years. I really don't see why anybody has any issues. If you have a problem paying tax to support a monarchy in a country which you live in (whether you agree with it or not), then move elsewhere. Pretty simple considering how ""international" you all think you are.

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This is above politics - I totally disagree what is going on in HK but it technically it is an internal matter. The Chinese VP will be present for sure.

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Prince Charles also coming ? OMG.

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@zichi: You are totally entitled to have your voice heard, but if you choose to live here then you should accept without argument that you are in the minority. We have had our purge of monarchies in the current age, so you are in fact just wasting your breath when there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.

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