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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The emperor Hirohito's words

New York Times reports following article. But, this is a wrong report.



This week, a Japanese newspaper added to the national anxiety over this issue by publishing portions of a diary of a former member of the imperial household. He revealed that Hirohito, the emperor who led Japan into a Nazi alliance and a drive to rule Asia, stopped going to the shrine in 1978 after it added the war criminals to the list of thousands of souls lost in Japan’s wars. “This is from my heart,” Hirohito was quoted as saying.

# I will quote full text of the article.

The photo is the original note and memo. Mr.Tomita wrote this note and memo. And News paper claims Hirohito's words are written in this memo.

But, there many questions.
1. Why papers are attached on the note? It is unnattural and wrong.

2. Attached papers are too white. It is written in 1988(News Paper's claim)

3. Attached papers's ink is blue. Blue ink is easy to fade. It will fade in 5 years.

4. Education minster Mr. Fujio's name is written in this memo. Fujio took office as Minister of Education from July, 1986 to September. News paper claims this memo is written in 1988.

5. The Emperor, Hirohito has stopped going schrine in 1975.(not 1978. NYT is wrong.) Class-A war criminals were worshipped to Yasukuni schrine in 1978.
If worship has been the cause, the emperor would have stopped going schrine after 1978.
# worship = adding someone to list of souls

6. The worship to Yasukuni schine needs Emperor's admission. Why The emperor deny their worship?

People on line claims this words is Load Chamberlain'm Men's words.
Japanese knowledge is necessary to explain this conclusion. So, I can not explain the correct reason.


http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/22/opinion/22sat3.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
full text of the article
Editorial
In the Hearts of Leaders

published: July 22, 2006

For years, the prime minister of Japan, Junichiro Koizumi, has been making a pilgrimage to a shrine to the war dead that includes 14 Class A war criminals from World War II, seven of whom were hanged.

This shameless pandering to the right outrages China and other victims of Japanese imperialism and makes many Japanese fear that Mr. Koizumi is embracing the old militarism. Yet Mr. Koizumi is believed to be planning another of these visits to Yasukuni Shrine before he steps down in September. And his likely successor, Shinzo Abe, has said he would do the same. (Mr. Abe also recently suggested that Japan should attack North Korea’s missiles on the launch pad.)

This week, a Japanese newspaper added to the national anxiety over this issue by publishing portions of a diary of a former member of the imperial household. He revealed that Hirohito, the emperor who led Japan into a Nazi alliance and a drive to rule Asia, stopped going to the shrine in 1978 after it added the war criminals to the list of thousands of souls lost in Japan’s wars. “This is from my heart,” Hirohito was quoted as saying.

One would think this would have some effect on Mr. Koizumi and his supporters. But he told reporters dismissively that “everyone has their own feelings” and that the emperor’s remorse would have no effect on him.

The emperor almost certainly committed war crimes himself, which were ignored only because of the exigencies of the postwar era. But apparently this elderly product of an imperial age had more room in his heart for doing the right thing than a self-styled modern reformer, international leader and Elvis lover.

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