Japan's abdicating emperor calls for young to be taught about horrors of war
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Japan’s emperor has marked his last birthday before his abdication next year by calling for his country’s younger generations to be taught accurately about the horrors of war and expressing relief that his reign has been a peaceful one for Japan.
A record 82,850 people cheered and waved Japanese hinomaru flags as Emperor Akihito, who turned 85 on Sunday, appeared on the balcony of the imperial palace in Tokyo with Empress Michiko, his eldest son and heir Crown Prince Naruhito and other members of his family.
Naruhito, 58, will ascend to the Chrysanthemum throne on 1 May, the day after his father, who has had heart surgery and treatment for prostate cancer, becomes the first Japanese emperor to abdicate in 200 years. The last was Emperor Kōkaku in 1817.
Akihito returned to the legacy of the second world war in his pre-recorded speech, a subject that has helped define his 30-year reign, known as heisei, or achieving peace.
December 23, 2018 at 12:44 PM #41613fingerbrownParticipant
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of all stripes would warn young Americans about the horrors of war, but if you’re careers were profiteering off of it, safely away from the shooting and bombing, it isn’t so horrific then.
All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.
December 23, 2018 at 1:38 PM #4181Babel 17Participant
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PKD’s alternate history, set in the 60s, where Germany and Japan won WWII.
Mild spoiler below.
The Japanese now have to compete militarily with the Germans, who have developed a hydrogen bomb.
Edit: I couldn’t post until I changed the author’s name to that of his initials. His last name probably getting blocked.
I doubt I can even link to his Wikipedia page, as that link includes his last name,, but he famously wrote this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_Androids_Dream_of_Electric_Sheep%3F
December 24, 2018 at 9:21 AM #4417
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