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Old 10-26-2009, 10:21 AM
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HM The Emperor opened an Extraordinairy Session of the Diet:

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Interesting remark by Japan's Foreign Minister...
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:34 AM
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An interesting remark from the FM indeed- what are your thoughts? (thanks for the correction, L)
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:51 AM
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An interesting remark from the PM indeed- what are your thoughts?
Not the PM,the Foreign Minister.

As I said,interesting,to early to speculate on anything else.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:51 PM
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Yes, we must wait to know any other statement from chieff Officers to see how those statements reached the Court.
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:04 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko talk with recipients of the Order of Culture and Cultural Merit they invited to the palace in Tokyo on Nov. 4

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit a special exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of the emperor's coronation at the National Archives of Japan in Tokyo on Nov. 10, 2009

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Peruvian President Alan Garcia shakes hands with Japanese Emperor Akihito upon his arrival at the imperial palace in Tokyo on November 11, 2009. Garcia is on a two-day official visit.

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Old 11-11-2009, 01:49 PM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit a special exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of the emperor's coronation at the National Archives of Japan in Tokyo on Nov. 10, 2009

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They must think of how fast time goes by, and how their lives have been in this last years... this visist should have been a trip to memories...
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:21 PM
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Thanks for updates on Emperor's and Empress' activities!
The exhibition devoted to the coronation is sure to bring some memories for the couple regnant.
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:14 PM
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Standing at over six foot in height, Barack Obama had to bow deeply as he paid his respects to the diminutive Japanese Emperor Akihito.

But the comical sight, which saw the President bend almost double, will no doubt earn him nods of approval in Japan, where a low bow is a sign of great respect and deference

Read more: How low can he go? Obama bends almost double as he bows to Japanese royalty | Mail Online
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:30 PM
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Gee!!! It was indeed surprising to see how tall Obama is compared to the Emperor and Empress... however, the gesture can be seen as a protocolarian and deferent attitude towards the Imperial Couple, but I don't think the gesture is allowed between Chiefs of State (I don't remember former President Fujimori, who was a nikkei as well as a Japanese citizen, bowing to the Emperor when he visited Japan...)
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:31 PM
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A video by HOLA showing the celebrations of the Emperor's 20th anniversary as Chief of State:

El emperador Akihito celebra sus 20 años en el trono | hola.com
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It is always a pleasure to see the Imperial couple welcoming presidents of various countries. The USA is viewed as one of the most important American allies. So Presidents act accordingly by taking a deep bow. Furthermore, there are no rule bending in regard to protocol in Japan.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:45 PM
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President Obama makes low bow to the Emperor

President Obama has been branded the ‘Groveller-in-Chief’ after giving an exaggerated bow to Japan’s emperor Akihito - the son of the ruler who authorised the
1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.Coming so soon after Remembrance Day, the deep bow caused an outcry in the U.S.
While it was seen as a sign of respect in Japan, Mr Obama was attacked in America for ‘bowing and scraping’ to a foreign leader, particularly a Japanese one. Wartime scars are still raw for many Americans.

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From what I've heard here, there really hasn't been all that much outcry, save maybe from people who already dislike the President and are looking for more things to criticize.

I think it was a nice gesture of respect -- don't Japanese people often bow to each other to show respect on an everyday basis, royalty or not?
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President Obama's visit (and bow) has also been highlighted in this blog entry.

A video of the bow can be seen here:
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I think that the bow (which could have been a polite gesture in a Japanese context) was taken as a bow to a foreign Head of State because of President Obama's bow to the King of Saudi Arabia. Had the bow not been so deep, I don't think that it would have seen to be so offensive.


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From what I've heard here, there really hasn't been all that much outcry, save maybe from people who already dislike the President and are looking for more things to criticize.

I think it was a nice gesture of respect -- don't Japanese people often bow to each other to show respect on an everyday basis, royalty or not?
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:30 AM
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From what I've heard here, there really hasn't been all that much outcry, save maybe from people who already dislike the President and are looking for more things to criticize.

I think it was a nice gesture of respect -- don't Japanese people often bow to each other to show respect on an everyday basis, royalty or not?
I agree with you 100%. It was out of respect (and yes they do bow to each other especially if the one bowing is younger and is bowing to an elder - my husband is of Japanese heritage, born in Okinawa). I would not expect any head of state to have acted any differently.
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As far as I know, Japanese bows are a simple, yet complex art based on nuances. There are different degrees of respects that can be expressed by a simple bow. Non-Japanese do a very poor job imitating the bowing etiquette ... but then again the Japanese do not expect foreigners to master or really know much of subtle nuances of Japanese etiquette. I would say President Obama should have bowed the way Crown Prince Narihito did to keep his compatriots happy and show respect to the Japanese Emperor.
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Most of those criticizing Obama for this are doing it simply for partisan reasons. History and the war have nothing to do with it. I'll bet none of these people were bothered when "Tricky Dicky" Nixon bowed to Emperor Hirohito himself. However, Obama did manage to goof it -you do NOT shake hands while bowing. The Emperor seemed a little amused by it. Regardless of that though I think it was an entirely appropriate sign of respect to a very long reigning and well regarded monarch. I'm sure the Japanese were pleased to see the U.S. President showing such respect to their Emperor, the symbol of their nation.
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