Today, at an Autumn Garden Party hosted by the Emperor and Empress of Japan an actor turned politician, Taro Yamamoto, handed the Emperor a letter in an unprecedented move. It is not forbidden to hand the Emperor a letter during one of their bi-annual Garden parties, but somewhat of an unspoken rule.
Taro Yamamoto has often been in the news since the Fukushima Nuclear disaster due to his passionate anti-nuclear views. He is especially known for raising concerns for the children of Fukushima. The letter he gave the Emperor supposedly outlines the perils of the continuing crisis at Fukushima and his worries for the health of people in the area. He is receiving a lot of criticism for his daring move and is being accused of trying to use the Emperor for his political goals. I would think, and this is just an opinion, that those who are in favour of nuclear energy are making the most noise. I, for one, am excited by his bold action. It has instilled a little hope that there may finally be some progress and proper steps taken to curtail the debacle that is Fukushima.
I wait with bated breathe to see how or if the Emperor responds or takes a stronger standing on the Fukushima situation. Currently, the Emperor holds a more symbollic role than an actual imperial ruler, but he has the power to be more influential.
The following article incorrectly refers to Yamamoto as a Lawmaker.