The current emperor of Japan is Akihito. He acceded the “Chrysanthemum Throne” upon the death of his war criminal father, emperor showa, aka Hirohito, in 1989. The role of the emperor of Japan has changed dramatically from being a god the nation was to fear, to a near insignificant, symbolic, ceremonial role.
Akihito seems like a “nice guy” right? He has denounced the false ideology that his lineage has descended from the heavens. Regardless, given the state of the world today, and Japan’s current political landscape, we much fervently be reminded of Akihito’s father’s role as a mass murderer, and a war criminal, responsible for the worst war, resulting in the most casualties this world had ever witnessed.
Akihito will become the first ruler in two-hundred years to abdicate the throne. He’s expected to do this in December 2018, when he turns 85-years-old.
The questions posed is, once Akihito step down, who will replace this aging relic, and what are their beliefs, regarding the teachings of the Shinto Cult?
The last Japanese monarch to renounce the throne was emperor Kokaku, who stepped down in 1817. Emperor Akihito’s decision was initially met by opposition in Japan, especially those of the religious cult, and Japan’s right wing government, ruled by the strong hand of Shinzo Abe, whose approval rate has plummeted to 29.9%.
Anticipating resistance from conservatives who wanted Akihito to retain his position until his death, the emperor went public last year, which was only his second ever televised address to the nation.
Regardless of Akihito’s position, Japan’s monarchy continues to claim lay claim to being able to trace its lineage back 2,000 years to the sun goddess Amaterasu. The “royal” family is fast becoming a royal pain in the ass to the Japanese as they are rapidly running out of male heirs.
Crown princess Masako, a “commoner” married the heir to the throne in 1993. Yet, Aiko gave birth to a daughter in 2001. Initial public delight was soon quashed through the recognition that Aiko could never become an empress.
Three years later, the pressure on the crown princess to produce a male heir had reached a point that she suffered what the palace has termed an “adjustment disorder.” The truth was probably more likely that she had gone beyond child bearing years.
Apparently, the sun goddess intervened, and the “crisis” was averted in 2006, when princess Akishino, the wife of the emperor’s youngest son, gave birth to a son. Prince Hisahito, became the third in line to the throne.
The Nippon Kaigi front, and prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, has made it clear that he desires to resurrect many of the components of Japan’s pre-war constitution, which includes elevating the status of the emperor to that of a god. Akihito, on the other hand is greatly opposed to Japan becoming a militaristic nation, dislikes Abe, and also dislikes the idea of the Shinto Cult being reinstated as a state religion.
Crown Prince Naruhito, currently 58-years-old, will become the 126th emperor of Japan. Naruhito has said that he will devote himself “body and soul” to his job as emperor, after it took legislation to allow his father to abdicate. Naruhito defied palace officials when he married Masako Owada, a Harvard, and Oxford educated diplomat. Masako, beyond child bearing years, is said to be suffering from depression brought on by the stresses of palace life, which demands she bear a royal heir. Masako “continues” to undergo mental treatment for her mental illnesses. Why is it that “royalty” always seem to have mental, and emotional problems?
Naruhito’s father, Akihito, is the first emperor to refuse to accept being considered divine. Naruhito, has stated that he had been “extremely moved” by his father’s desire to step down. Naruhito also claims he would continue in the steps of his father’s work. Hopefully, this means that he doesn’t want to impose on the Japanese the false beliefs that he is a deity. Unfortunately, however, Naruhito, was a student of mediaeval studies.
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