image: SourceCountry That WIll Never Stage War – Message from Emperor Akihoto
I think that it is timely publication of this book. The book gives a clear-cut message. I think it will rattle the Abe administration.
June 23, 2015
English translation of a Japanese article – Ryusaku Tanaka’s Journal – June 22, 2015 –
Country That Won’t Go To War – Message from Emperor Akihito –
This book clearly shows that Prime Minister Abe tries to completely deny the postwar history.
This is a “controversial book” by Mr. Koji Yabe, author of the book “”Why can’t Japan stop ‘bases’ and ‘nuclear power generation’”.
It is composed of the follow-up of Emperor Akihoto’s footsteps and remarks. It is equal to staring at Japan’s 70 years after the war. (Words printed in boldface are this writer Tanaka’s comment/The fine print is quotation from the book.)
Seven people who had been sentenced to death by hanging (in the International Military Tribunal for the Far East) were executed on December 23, 1948. It was the 15th birthday of Emperor Akihito.
On April 29, (1946), the birthday of Emperor Showa, class-A war criminals were prosecuted.
These are powerful and serious messages from the occupation army. According to the author, “The shock Emperor Akihito got on his 15th birthday always underlies a 70-year journey of contemplation.”
The Liberal Democratic Party plans to establish an organization to review the Tokyo Tribunal of War Criminals (International Military Tribunal for the Far East) under Inada, Chairman of Policy Research Council. Needless to say, it denies the postwar history, and it also denies Emperor Akihito’s personal history.
Imperial couple heading to Kensei Memorial Museum to attend the ceremony of
“Restoration Sovereignty Day” sponsored by the government
= Around the Miyakezaka intersection on April 28, 2013 Photography: News crew =
Profound remorse to the last war leads to strong feelings to Okinawa.
Emperor Akihoto has visited Okinawa ten times, including when he was crown prince. When he made his first visit (in 1975), an incident took place, in which the Emperor was thrown a firebomb at by an extremist.
On the night of the incident, His Imperial Highness gave a comment in writing. It said: “It is unforgettable unhappiness that Okinawa became the only battlefield involving the residents in the last war and it has paid a lot of sacrifices to this date.”
It was a message that “he promised to keep remembering, thinking of, directing attention to the precious sacrifices Okinawa paid in the past.”
This is shown in Emperor’s opinion on the issue of U.S. military-base in Okinawa.
In a press conference held on Emperor’s 63th birthday (December 23, 1996), the Emperor stated: “I hope that the Okinawa issue will be fully discussed between the Japan and U.S. governments and the door to a solution will be opened in consideration of the happiness of Okinawans.
The Emperor made the same remark in an interview with U.S. President Clinton on the spring of this year.
The Emperor gives extraordinary consideration to the Okinawa issue.
There is a world of difference in thoughtfulness to Okinawa between the Emperor and Prime Minister Abe and government bureaucrats who repeat the word “there is nothing but Henoko” without making any diplomatic efforts.
The Okinawa issue the Emperor has continued to give a careful consideration to.
= August 2013, Futenma base Photograph: this writer =
Emperor Akihito, who spent his childhood in the era of Japanese empire education, abhors thought control.
At a fall imperial garden party in 2004, Mr. Kunio Yonenaga, who served as Tokyo educational board member, said to the Emperor: “My job is to have every school across the country hoist a national flag and to have their students sing the national anthem.”
His Majesty responded. “It would be desirable not to compel them to do so.” I think many people remember this scene, because it was broadcast on TV news.
Just recently, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hirofumi Shimomura practically virtually called on national university presidents to sing the national anthem and hoist a national flag. It has caused controversy.
His Majesty gave New Year’s thoughts on January 1 this year (2015) as follows:
“This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, *snip* I think it is most important for us to take this opportunity to study, and learn from the history of this war, starting with the Manchurian Incident of 1931,..” .. I want to have Prime Minister Abe read it out.
However, the most ignorant prime minister after the war, who has no satisfactory knowledge of the Potsdam Declaration, starting point of the post Japan, is rushing headlong into establishment of war bills.