A little hope in Japan’s politicans…

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1-letter to emperor
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.

Japan lawmaker breaks taboo with nuclear fears letter for emperor – World | The Star Online.

0 comments on “A little hope in Japan’s politicans…

  1. freebutfun

    Quite interesting to read about this, have to say I don’t really no anything about the Japanese politics! Keep it coming, and I’ll keep reading 🙂

    1. Elle Post author

      🙂 To be honest, I have limited interest, but I do watch the news daily and keep abreast of developments regarding Fukushima (they are few and far between!). I thought this story was worth sharing because of the significance of someone breaking taboo and handing the Emperor a letter… especially as that letter is about Fukushima. Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  2. nanorie

    Even though the emperor doesn’t have much to say about in politics, I really admire his effort of actually trying to make a difference and change things by trying to make more people acknowledge the seriousness of the situation. I read some of the comments from japanese netizens on yahoo news, sursprised me how many people thought his act was an abomination and traitorous against the nation. http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20131105-00000111-jij-pol

    1. Elle Post author

      Thank you for your comment and for that link. 🙂 I agree, it was a brave move to try and get more publicity and to try and make people face up to the seriousness of the situation.

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