Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (272)

Posted by ampontan on Friday, December 28, 2012

– A person who has something to say about everything

Whenever the Emperor is brought up, the Japanese dispense with reason and lose their capacity for judgment. The Japan that existed before the Second World War again shows its face. It’s the same with the Japanese government and their attitude that they can’t let anyone say one word about the Emperor.

– A Choson Ilbo editorial

6 Responses to “Ichigen koji (272)”

  1. fllib19554 said

    odjebi, thx

  2. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    A Choson Ilbo is too easy on conclusion. There are tons of Japanese who openly criticisize and call for abolition of the Emperor system. I, for the one, would vote for abolition depending on the situation/condition of Japan at the time, if we have a mean to calmly put an end to it. That decision is on Japanese. Same as in U.K.

    BTW, did they really use the term “Emperor”? Isn’t it customary for Koreans to call it Japanese King (日王)?

  3. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    But Choson Ilbo is also very keen about mentalities of Japanese. It is rare to see criticism and calling for abolition on TV. We call the mood “air” (空気) nowadays in the context of criticizing those who cannot feel the mood of any particular situation in interacting with others – 空気読めない奴 for instance (person who cannot feel the mood). General perception of the Emperor in Japan is relevant to this self-censorship. Some may feel irritated for this, while I am ok with it.

  4. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    The feeling I have for the former Emperor is complexed and not straight forward. Sometimes I condemn the former Emperor tried to dispense with responsibility of the war, but many Japanese deny it. One thing for sure is that I do not want – and I do not believe generation younger than I want – go back to the old constitution where the Emperor has the supreme rights to govern the country (albeit with many conditions attached). In my opinion, the Emperor must be the spiritual center expressing cultural value of our country. If we do not need it in tangible form, then that would be the time to abolish (probably in the form of resignation and blank position “voluntarily” uttered by the Emperor itself, supported by the Diet). I think several Japanese involved in creating the current constitution (and so-called forced by GHQ) shared the idea of the spritual center (probably with lots of dissatisfaction, and if so, to that extent they are different from me), because if not, they could not accept the GHQ draft.

  5. antinipa9529999 said

    21st Century Schizoid Man, go die idiot

  6. antinipa9529999 said

    21st Century Schizoid Man, you’re a twat

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