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SK shouldn't have the honor of an Imperial visit, unless Moon can guarantee 100% safety and zero anti-Japan protests. There are dozens of nations in the world who would love to welcome The Emperor (especially developing nations in SE Asia and Africa). The Abe Cabinet should send Emperor Naruhito there to promote Japan.

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Ganbare: "SK shouldn't GIVE the honor of an Imperial visit"

Fixed it! I do agree on the need for safety, though, absolutely.

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@ Ganbare: SK shouldn't have the honor of an Imperial visit, unless Moon can guarantee 100% safety and zero anti-Japan protests.

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Agreed.

And stop SK stop obsessing about WWII.

Even Israel, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands have moved on and has 'healthy' relations with Germany (after all the atrocities committed !!)

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They'll probably try to seize his plane to settle a lawsuit.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

Why not? After all, it's where his ancestors came from.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

If the Emperor is nothing more than a figure head, what is the purpose of him visiting any foreign country? He can't negotiate or agree to any deals, treaties, etc. What purpose would his trip serve other than to spend taxpayer dollars?

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

Mike Dashler, you obviously don’t understand the use of “soft” power projection and the impact of gestures in international relations.

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His father said he wanted to go but the government wouldn't let him. Probably the same applies to Naruhito, but I am sure he will try.

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I was about to choose 'I don't care', but that sounds kind of dismissive and rude. I do care after all.

If there had been a choice of 'I don't mind' then that is what I would would have gone with.

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Well, I agree with Mike. To protect the Imperial stars on official trips abroad, it's a waste of resource for Japan (their problem) and for the receiving country as their busy political leaders feel obliged to receive them, entertain them. At best, nobody care, at worst, people feel insulted.

the government wouldn't let him. 

No kidding... What if Naruhito-sama visited Pyongyang. Together with Mrs Abe, he'd say "Anyong' cousins, my ancestors are from here, my friend Akki, she makes the kimchi in her restaurant, I've also invited Mr and Mrs Yokota whose grand-daughter is from this city... ".

 the use of “soft” power projection and the impact of gestures in international relations.

What good is there in reopening old wounds ? In the former J-colonies, they don't have problems with democratic 21st century Japan (they like the sushi, pikachu, toyota cars, J-tourists, J-factories hiring them, etc), but the average persons feels weird about the Tenno, no matter what. I try imagining the grand-son of Hitler in official visit in my hometown, of course, as an honorific Fuhrer with not political power... Would he pay a visit to the synagogue so we could chit chat ? It's the same kimi-ga-yo song honoring Naruhito that was used as soundtrack of their past invasion, colonization, abuses. The man has done nothing, but the title, the function, it is the part of Japan they want to forget. If he wanted to visit Kankoku (and maybe he did), that was privately and incognito, before taking his current position.

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I say no. Let sleeping dogs lie. Also, even if he makes a good impression after two weeks back someone like Aso will put his foot in his mouth and make it all for naught. Focus on areas where he does not conflict with the government agenda.

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