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Old 08-15-2016, 04:16 AM
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That pretty much illustrates the fundamental difference between the Emperor and the nationalists:

Emperor Akihito is mindful of the atrocities committed by Japan during WWII - and the devastating consequences for Japan. In order to prevent it from happening again.

The PM, Abe, is keen for Japan not ending up being bombed to rubble once more. There were some minor incidents in China in particular... but the most tragic thing was that Japan was bombed.

- Considering that the current legislation prevents Japan from taking pro-active measures against North Korea, even in the face of a clear threat, the PM does have a point in dealing with the pacifist Constitution. But offering apologies for WWII? Nah.
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Thank you for posting that article, Prisma.

Abe, Emperor vow not to repeat horrors of war on 71st anniv. of Japan's surrender - The Mainichi

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Since Emperor Akihito ascended the Imperial Throne in 1989, every year, he has given an address at the national ceremony to honor the war dead. He gave the same speech every year between 2001 and 2014, but in his address on Aug. 15, 2015, the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat, he spoke about "feelings of deep remorse over the last war" for the first time. The expression that "our country today enjoys peace and prosperity, thanks to the ceaseless efforts made by the people of Japan towards recovery from the devastation of the war and towards development, always backed by their earnest desire for the continuation of peace" was also included in that speech. Much of the address given by the Emperor this year overlapped with the speeches he gave up until 2014, but he still employed the phrase "feelings of deep remorse" that was introduced into his address last year.
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On August 20th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko departed for their retreat to Gunma and Nagano Prefectures and will return on the 30th. However, they will visit the Shinshu University Faculty of Textile Science in Ueda, Nagano in the afternoon of the 20th and the Kasaharakogyo Tsuneda Museum Silk Mill on August 23rd.

Source: Mainichi

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Old 08-21-2016, 05:46 PM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the tennis court where they first met on August 1957, in Karuizawa near Nagano. The royal couple are spending some days at a retreat in the town.


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On August 23rd, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Kasaharakogyo Tsuneda Museum, "Tsuneda Museum Silk Mill” in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture. The silk spinning factory was founded in 1900 and has been designated an important cultural property. The Imperial couple toured the 5-story wooden warehouse dating back to 1905. The Empress has deep knowledge of sericulture, which is inherited history from Empresses since the Meiji era. The couple’s retreat will continue at Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture from August 27-30th.

Photos/info at: Asahi, Sankei, and Mainichi
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:18 PM
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On August 27th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko enjoyed the 37th Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival in Gunma Prefecture. Before the concert, Empress Michiko took a piano lesson workshop with cellist Wolfgang Boettcher for 1 hour and 20 minutes, playing pieces such as Schubert’s "Serenade."

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Old 08-30-2016, 01:38 AM
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Due to approaching typhoon No. 10, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko returned to Tokyo a day early on August 29th.
Photo: Asahi
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Typhoon No. 10 has caused major damage and deaths in Hokkaido and Iwate Prefectures. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko conveyed their sympathies to the prefectures' governors through the court chamberlain on August 31st. 11 people have been killed, including 9 at an elderly facility. A man in a vehicle in Taiki, Hokkaido went missing after being swept away.
Source: Asahi
Floods kill 9 at Iwate elderly facility - The Japan News

The IHA announced the Imperial couple will travel to Iwate Prefecture September 28 to October 2 to attend the National Sports Festival and inspect the reconstruction situation from the Great East Japan Earthquake in Otsuchi and Yamada.
Source: Asahi, Mainichi
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Old 09-01-2016, 07:57 AM
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Emperor Akihito met with Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo today, September 1st:


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The following link contains the video of the meeting with Deputy Crown Prince. Please, scroll down to watch it. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News...-in-Tokyo.html
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During the meeting with Deputy Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman, Emperor Akihito thanked Saudi Arabia's support after the Great East Japan Earthquake. They also discussed the Emperor's memories of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation where he was seated next to King Fahd.

Source: Sankei Imperial Weekly #450 page 3
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On 2nd September, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the reception to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of The Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan took place in Tokyo.
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Emperor Akihito and Empress are visiting Yamagata Prefecture September 10-12th. Their agenda includes:
  • Kano Aquarium in Tsuruoka and welcome reception
  • 36th National Development of an Abundantly Productive Sea convention in Sakata
  • Nezugaseki Port of Tsuruoka
  • Tsuruoka Matsugaoka reclamation field
Photos/info for day 1: Sankei, Yomiuri, Asahi 1, Asahi 2
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 36th "National Development of an Abundantly Productive Sea convention" in Sakata. Afterward, they took a special train with the chrysanthemum emblem to Nezugaseki Port where the Emperor released flounder and black sea bream; the Empress released fry of flatfish and tiger puffer into the harbor.

Mainichi, Asahi gallery

The train staff at Sakata Station waiting for the Imperial couple:
https://twitter.com/shimaykkkt/statu...33409201872897

The Imperial couple waving from the special train:
https://twitter.com/ukkaritetu/statu...42839612043264
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The Imperial couple visited Matsugaoka reclamation field on September 12th. During the Meiji Restoration, former samurai of the Shonai domain used the area for sericulture and it has been designated a national historic site.

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On September 12th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko gave a solatium to Hokkaido and Iwatre Prefectures for damages caused by Typhoon no. 10. Nomura Zenshi* of the IHA delivered the payment to each prefecture's Tokyo office.

* Google translates Nomura Zenshi's title as "Deputy Director" in the Mainichi article whereas his title is "Secretary Deputy Director-General" in the Sankei translation.

Source: Mainichi, Sankei

On September 14th, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced plans for the Imperial couple to visit Vietnam, possibly next spring.

Sources: Sankei
Japanese emperor, empress mulling Vietnam trip as soon as next spring- Nikkei Asian Review
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Emperor , empress likely to visit Vietnam next spring.
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On September 21st, Emperor Akihito harvested 50 shares of glutinous rice planted in May. This year's crop is average and some will be dedicated to the Ise Shrine.
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:26 AM
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On September 26th, Emperor Akihito attended the opening of the 192nd Diet session. His speech at the IHA site.

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Arrival and departure:


On September 27th, the Imperial couple hosted a private lunch for Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong and his wife.

Emperor Akihito hosts PM Lee Hsien Loong to lunch, East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times


ETA: The Imperial couple started their visit to Iwate Prefecture on the 28th. Besides attending the 71st National Sports Festival, they will inspect the reconstruction progress from the Great East Japan Earthquake. They will return to Tokyo on October 2nd.

Photo: Asahi 1

ETA2: The Imperial couple are staying at a Yukari hotel reopened after the earthquake+tsunami disaster as "Sanrikuhana hotel Nippon chrysanthemum". They met with people from their visit to Otsuchi 19 years ago. The governor gave the couple a progress report of the reconstruction situation, agricultural damage, and victims of typhoon No. 10.

Photos/info: Asahi 2
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Old 09-30-2016, 02:02 AM
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A good article:
Imperial couple make nostalgic return to Iwate's 'Hotel Daisy' : The Asahi Shimbun

On September 29th, the Imperial couple visited a fish market and town hall in Otsuchi and a "town contact center" in Yamada. The market had been destroyed in the 2011 tsunami and earthquake but resumed partial operations that November. They also learned about freshwater fish "three-spined stickleback". In Yamada, junior and high school students spoke about the children's book corner at the town's contact center.

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The Imperial couple visited Kamaishi on September 30th. They encouraged residents and watched an "early Ikemine Kagura" performance. Visits to Tono and Hanamaki are next.

Photos: Asahi
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