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Is Japanese Emperor Akihito Going to Abdicate his Throne on 8/8/16? [Copy link] 中文

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News reports indicated he wanted to abdicate, but there were no pressing reasons forwarded, except that he had had a 4-hour surgergy recently but did well afterwards.

The more likely explanation is that he did not want the Pacifist Constitution to be changed, and Abe is determined to change it.  Crown Prince Naruhito is also opposed to changing the Pacifist Constitution.  By abdicating, Emperor Akihito is ensuring that his legacy of the Pacifist Constitution will continue to be opposed by the next Japanese emperor designate, and obviously, he wants to make sure Naruhito is the next emperor, even if he does not have a son, which puts his brother and nephew next in line after him.

But why would a Japanese emperor refuse to be given more powers than he currently holds?

To be honest, a change in the Pacifist Constitution will not benefit the Japanese people in the end, just as the Meiji Constitution itself did not benefit the Japanese people in the end.  It will all end in the same way - a total defeat for the Japanese people - because Japan's resources are limited, its land is limited, and it has no strategic rear to retreat to in times of defeat, unlike China, Korea, Russia and other countries it had attacked in the 20th century.  Japan, by her natural limitations, is forced to play the Russian Roulette and hope that it survives every step of the way.  Like the Gambler's Ruin, having the edge is useless, when defeat is inevitable.  This time, Japan would not only lose the war, but also its chance for peace, which will be a hundred times worse than its defeat in WWII.  

So, why would a Japanese emperor who cares for his people, want to trade the good fortune of peace and prosperity under the Pacifist Constitution, for 100% certain death and destruction under a new Meiji Constitution?

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Japan only has one king We have 13.

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Watching Emperor Akihito's pre-recorded speech, one gets the impression that he wanted to retire, not abdicate, as he said the emperor remains the emperor until he dies.  

Other salient points of his speech include:
1.  The emperor is the symbol of the state.
2.  The emperor wishes PEACE and HAPPINESS for his people, not WAR and SUFFERING, if you learn to read between the lines and complete the symmetry of his sentences and ideas.
3.  The emperor stands with the ordinary people, meaning, his agenda for peace, as against the war constitution Abe and company are promoting, has the support of the majority of the people.

According to the newly passed laws on sedition in Japan, this speech may qualify as seditious, and thus, subject to governmental suppression.  

By openly rejecting the call of the Abe cabinet for remilitarizing Japan, Emperor Akihito is making a stand against scrapping the Pacifist Constitution, and claiming not just the symbolic leadership of his country, but a moral one by leading the hearts of his countrymen.

Unlike Star Wars, in the real Japan, the Darth Vader is the one trying to control the Emperor, who finally was joined to the Force.  The Force is now pushing back against the Darth Vader, who is proving by his actions that his words of love for the emperor are fake and self-serving in the end.

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Emperor Akihito correctly placed the Sino-Japanese War in the proper historical context of the Mukden Incident in Manchuria, in 1931, when Japanese army officers destroyed their own railroad and then put the blame of China, in order to justify their invasion of Manchuria.  Japan in 1931 up to early 1945, was not fighting a defensive war, but rather was waging an aggressive war, the proof of which intent was the false flag event of the Mukden Incident of 1931.

Emperor Akihito will be long remembered as the Emperor who said "No".



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This post was edited by pnp at 2016-8-11 13:04

Emperor Akihito is a peace loving man, unlike his prime minister Shinzo Abe, the warmonger. The Emperor had expressed his 'deep remorse' for the atrocities inflicted by the Imperial Army during Japan's war of aggression in Asia, which was fought under his father's name!  The most probable reason he has chosen to abdicate now instead of completing his rein is that he is opposed to Abe's revision of the Peace Constitution, and he doesn't want to be on the throne when Abe, with the numbers in the Diet, revised the Peace Constitution and comes to him to sign off the revised Constitution!

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pnp Post time: 2016-8-11 13:03
Emperor Akihito is a peace loving man, unlike his prime minister Shinzo Abe, the warmonger. The Empe ...

Ditto!

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