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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The end of the Heisei era

The Emperor of Japan abdicates the Crysanthemum Throne:
Emperor Akihito abdicated the Japanese throne Tuesday, becoming the country's first ruler in 200 years to step down from the role. Akihito, 85, spent Tuesday morning holding traditional private ceremonies at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in which he symbolically announced his intention to abdicate to Amaterasu, the sun goddess.

That was followed by a more formal state occasion attended where he gave a televised speech, thanking people for their support during his 30-year reign, before ending with a solemn bow.

Akihito's rule officially ends at midnight when his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne. The process will be officially recognised with a ceremony on Wednesday morning.

The move also spells the end of the Heisei imperial era and the start of the Reiwa era - meaning beautful harmony - which will last until the end of Naruhito's reign.
I was in Japan for the end of the Showa era, as well as the peak of what later came to be known, a little ironically, as the Heisei Boom. My entire time there was colored by the Showa Emperor's death watch, as every night on the news, a graphic would appear showing how much blood had been infused that day, and in total, which was more than a little comical despite the fact that it was a literal matter of life and death.

As a student of Japanese history, it's more than a little interesting to me to observe that this is the first imperial abdication in two centuries. During the Heian period, emperors used to abdicate in their thirties, in order to prevent them from challenging the power of the Shogun. Wouldn't it be fascinating if this is the first step towards a return to rule by shogun in Japan?

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68 Comments:

Blogger Mr.MantraMan April 30, 2019 8:10 AM  

Yeah the Japanese Bugman act is horrifying, I wouldn't doubt Japan is the numba one market for cuck porn.

I was stationed there in the 80s and I never bought the Japanese will own the world shtick that was being sold, seemed like any interference in their cultural comms would turn it into a day care mosh pit.

Speaking of culture I have long thought for a movie star a Japanese action type could sell, minus the salaryman drone act, a load of Edgelord attitude while still respecting old traditions.

Blogger Adlow April 30, 2019 8:15 AM  

That's the sound of the true history lover. "Wouldn't it be something if this inaugurated a bloody conflict in which a warlord emerges to impose his will on the country? Gosh, just imagine!"

Blogger Harry_the_Horrible April 30, 2019 8:19 AM  

Wouldn't the emperor of Japan have to appoint a Barbarian Suppressing General (shogun) before his abdication would start a shogunate?

Blogger Mystic On Main April 30, 2019 8:27 AM  

"Wouldn't it be fascinating if this is the first step towards a return to rule by shogun in Japan?"

Man, you are on nostalgic son of bitch.

Blogger Stilicho April 30, 2019 8:30 AM  

OT: I see that the Vatican has now officially committed an act of war against the USA by funding the invasion from Central America.

Time to confiscate all their accounts, deny access to FAST system, and sanction anyone who does business with them. The Iranians get that treatment for killing fewer Americans than these invaders will (as they have in the past).

Blogger God Emperor Memes April 30, 2019 8:39 AM  

And closing it to foreigners again?

Blogger John Rockwell April 30, 2019 8:53 AM  

"And closing it to foreigners again"
Abe isn't making a good decision so far:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymc--ihhDJM

Blogger JG April 30, 2019 8:58 AM  

Time for a new crusade against the... Vatican?

Blogger Ominous Cowherd April 30, 2019 9:03 AM  

Harry_the_Horrible wrote:Wouldn't the emperor of Japan have to appoint a Barbarian Suppressing General (shogun) before his abdication would start a shogunate?

God Emperor Memes wrote:And closing it to foreigners again?

I especially like that last part. America needs a Shogun.

Blogger Rhys April 30, 2019 9:18 AM  

What do you think would be the reason they would return to rule by Shogun? I know very little about Japanese culture/history...

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 30, 2019 9:37 AM  

My oldest son is similarly obsessed with Japan, although at his age it is primarily focused on sushi, ninjas, and samurai.

Blogger Nostromo April 30, 2019 9:58 AM  

Need that like button.

Blogger Balkan Yankee April 30, 2019 10:07 AM  

Paging James Clavell.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 April 30, 2019 10:07 AM  

Given that undesirable people aren't breeding over in Japan, I suspect we will see a much stronger Japan in a few decades, if not sooner. Hopefully, they'll be less imperialist than the 1930s but just as nationalist.

Blogger dvdivx April 30, 2019 10:15 AM  

Funny there are no stories of the new emperor's daughter getting switched due to autism. It's a constant rumor in Japan.

Blogger pdwalker April 30, 2019 10:31 AM  

Then your boy is wise to the important thing for his age.

Blogger David Ray Milton April 30, 2019 10:48 AM  

If said Shogun were to reinvigorate Japanese pursuits into expansion, like perhaps into China, then that would be rather interesting indeed. From what I hear about the Japanese these days though, they lack too much in the testosterone department to have any interest in that.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 30, 2019 10:55 AM  

Dvdivx,

What do you mean by "switched"?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 30, 2019 10:57 AM  

More likely he saw the circus around his father's death and didn't want his family to have to endure that.

Blogger kurt9 April 30, 2019 11:03 AM  

"Wouldn't it be fascinating if this is the first step towards a return to rule by shogun in Japan?"

I doubt it.

Akihito is in his mid-80's and is tired. Understandably he wants to "retire" and not be responsible for anything. He does not want to be Emperor anymore and actually asked to step down several years ago and was denied. I think his son will be a perfectly fine emperor. The Japanese royal family does not have the flaky tendencies as does the UK royal family. That is why they are worthy of respect, unlike that of the UK.

Blogger Nate73 April 30, 2019 11:04 AM  

@17: The theory I have is that japan is trying to compete with economies 10x their size like the US, with the result of working men 80 work weeks so they can't see their families. The millennials there respond by becoming "herbivore men" and NEETS, and without authoritarian rule there's no way to force them to get married or work those 80 hour weeks. Maybe the shogun will rise again...

Blogger JovianStorm April 30, 2019 11:06 AM  

I live here in Japan and, in spite of the rainy weather, most are hopeful for the new era and I haven't heard anyone say anything negative about the old Emperor... Or the new one.

The Japanese don't seem to have the same pathological need to destroy old leaders as the Commies or Democrats do.

I'm looking forward to the new era. Japanese policies don't change with a nrw Emperor so illegal immigration and immigration of every kind will continue to be low and I'm happy with that. I'm far more opt with Japan's chances than the USAs

Blogger pyrrhus April 30, 2019 11:10 AM  

One of my boys spent 6 months in Japan, wandering around everywhere, teaching English and playing Go...Loved the place...But I think that within 30 years, Japan will have a Shogun who will put an end to the rot...Xi is almost Emperor in China.

Blogger Thumos April 30, 2019 11:44 AM  

This is how politics is supposed to be. Leaders are ordained by God, or in pagan society for example they 'ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne.' Thus speaks the voice of Nature.

We're in a queer period of history, the narrowest of historical windows, in which 'leaders' are middle managers and brown women. This will all pass.

Blogger DonReynolds April 30, 2019 11:49 AM  

It is an understatement to say that this is the first abdication of a Japanese Emperor in two centuries. This should not be minimized. The Emperor was restored to power in 1868 formally, and there was a slow process for restoring the power and authority of the Emperor. It was the end of feudal Japan, the last of the shogunate rule, the warlords and the samurai.

It would perhaps be more helpful to American audiences to say that this is the first abdication by an Emperor since the Meiji revolution restored the Emperor to the throne.

That may be another difference between the Japanese and the Americans. Patriotic Americans can hold the Founders in high esteem and imagine their own restoration to the early days of the Republic. They can be nostalgic about the past without knowing much about their own history.

In my own dealings with the Japanese, they seem to know full-well what life was like under shogunate rule before the restoration of the Emperor. Their country was vastly improved by the Meiji restoration in many ways unrelated to foreign technology.

In many ways, there was little difference between colonial British America and the early history of the founding of the United States. In Japan the change in rule was a dramatic change that could be experienced in a very few generations....from feudalism to the modern state.

Blogger FrankNorman April 30, 2019 11:55 AM  

Akihito most likely decided that he didn't want to go out the way his father did, with his medical details all over the media.

Though perhaps he should have resigned earlier, not made his son wait until he's almost 60 before getting the crown?

Blogger DonReynolds April 30, 2019 11:55 AM  

Ominous Cowherd wrote:Harry_the_Horrible wrote:Wouldn't the emperor of Japan have to appoint a Barbarian Suppressing General (shogun) before his abdication would start a shogunate?

God Emperor Memes wrote:And closing it to foreigners again?

I especially like that last part. America needs a Shogun.



We have had some experience with shogunate rule. His name was Oliver Cromwell and was the only time of republican government in British history. Where is Oliver Cromwell when you really, really need him?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 30, 2019 12:27 PM  

JovianStorm wrote:The Japanese don't seem to have the same pathological need to destroy old leaders as the Commies or Democrats do.
The power and legitimacy of the Japanese government flows from the Emperor. The power and legitimacy of the new Emperor flows even more directly from the old Emperor. To tear down the Emperor would be to attack your own legitimacy.

Blogger Yordan Yordanov April 30, 2019 1:04 PM  

Wouldn't it be fascinating if this is the first step towards a return to rule by shogun in Japan?

As long as he's not a pansexual Marxist...

Blogger Silent Draco April 30, 2019 1:07 PM  

Don Reynolds, do not use the C word in polite company. "Lord Protector" went off the deep end, also. Look for Shoguns like Pitt, Marlborough, etc. first.

Blogger SciVo April 30, 2019 1:19 PM  

Stg58/Animal Mother wrote:My oldest son is similarly obsessed with Japan, although at his age it is primarily focused on sushi, ninjas, and samurai.

Oh, so preteen then. He will eventually focus on ronin.

Blogger Derrick Bonsell April 30, 2019 1:27 PM  

I believe a monarch should die on his throne, even if it's a death by refusing treatment.

Blogger Blume April 30, 2019 1:31 PM  

@DonReynolds, Probably in Parliament, like the original, learning what a pile of evil vipers they are.

Blogger Dark Herald April 30, 2019 1:35 PM  

Possibly, he's just trying to simplify the succession.

The Imperial Family is as fecund as the rest of Japan. The new emperor has only one child that is Princess Aiko.

That is creating something of a stink with the hardline right. There appears to be no precedent for a woman Emperor in her own right.

The liberals in Japan love the idea of being ruled by a girl but the traditionalists are demanding the son of the new emperor's younger brother take the throne when Naruhito joins his celestial ancestors.

This move shores up Princess Aiko's position.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 30, 2019 1:40 PM  

DRAGON LADY EMPEROR COMING IN HOT

Blogger DonReynolds April 30, 2019 2:01 PM  

Silent Draco wrote:Don Reynolds, do not use the C word in polite company. "Lord Protector" went off the deep end, also. Look for Shoguns like Pitt, Marlborough, etc. first.

I cannot imagine what you would consider "polite company", but the only polite company that would be offended by the name Oliver Cromwell, would be dim-witted Irish Catholics or the macabre royalist bastards that dug up four dead bodies that had been buried for years for a mass "posthumous execution" by hanging... Oliver Cromwell, Robert Blake (father of the Royal Navy), John Bradshaw (judge presiding over the treason trial of Charles I), and Henry Ireton (Cromwell's son in law). This single act alone is more depraved than anything you might describe as Cromwell going off the "deep end."

Blogger SciVo April 30, 2019 2:44 PM  

Well, there goes Japan. Woman emperor = spread wide for foreigners = no more Japan.

Blogger Brett baker April 30, 2019 2:47 PM  

"Will no one rid the Church of this troublesome pontiff?"

Blogger Brett baker April 30, 2019 2:56 PM  

Elizabeth I didn't do too bad.

Blogger The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey April 30, 2019 3:06 PM  

Isn't the Emperor of Japan considered to be a living god in Shinto? That doesn't seem like something you can abdicate from.

Blogger Dark Herald April 30, 2019 3:07 PM  

The thing is the problem of ensuring a male successor is quite easy these days.

In vitro fertilization.

Just run up a batch of future emperors in the fertility lab, hire a Thai/Filipino surrogate and have the empress keep a basketball stuffed under her kimono and hakama for a few months during public appearances.

Sex determination is quite easy these days as well as the more obvious major genetic defects. You simply the discard the...ah...less than desirable zygotes... and your dynasty is more or less secure.

Any number of princes that way.

"And ONLY princes thank you," says the Traditionalists.

Blogger Dark Herald April 30, 2019 3:10 PM  

You know if you have the Japanese Royal Family do that, it might create a fad for it in the rest of the country.

It would solve the fertility problem almost (if not quite) overnight.

Surprised the Diet isn't pressuring the Royals to do exactly that.

Blogger SirHamster April 30, 2019 3:45 PM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:Just run up a batch of future emperors in the fertility lab, hire a Thai/Filipino surrogate and have the empress keep a basketball stuffed under her kimono and hakama for a few months during public appearances.

When it works, it works.

If the fertility lab gets subverted ... How much do you think genuine genetic material matters to nobility and succession?

Blogger HouellebecqGurl April 30, 2019 4:11 PM  

Lol, you could have just said your kid was a Weeb.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl April 30, 2019 4:16 PM  

Probably somewhere trying to figure out how to starve more Irish.

Blogger Sam April 30, 2019 4:52 PM  

@39
Her alpha was William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley. He lasted until 1598; just 5 years before her death.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 30, 2019 4:55 PM  

What's a weeb, Hollaback Girl?

Blogger Noah B. April 30, 2019 5:26 PM  

FWIW the comment filtering is generally working well and IMO you guys could even take it up a notch. Thanks for the time and effort you all are putting into this.

Blogger Ingot9455 April 30, 2019 5:33 PM  

@26 Emperor Hirohito's father died at the age of 47 after a lifetime of poor health; then Hirohito lived to be 88 with the modernization of medicine. That stuck Akihito as the Crown Prince for much longer than any normal expectation from the past and messed up whatever you would consider 'average'.

Blogger Clay April 30, 2019 5:55 PM  

Japanese. The US mashed them to shit in WW2. Today, they have one of the most modern navies and air forces, not to mention economies, in the world. I understand your affection Vox, but I still remember the atrocities the Japs are known for. They don't talk about that in schools anymore.

Blogger weka April 30, 2019 6:18 PM  

The next Cromwell has traitors to the Irish people to destroy in Dublin and treasonous weasels in Whitehall and Parliament.
Then he needs to starve the Vatican, Brussels and the UN.

Rule Brittania. Let tha shire be scoured clean.

Blogger The Gaelic Lands April 30, 2019 6:57 PM  

JovianStorm: But what of Fukushima's radiation effects on the country? I've held back any long term visits to a country I love due to the lack of honest discussion about it.

Blogger Robert Pinkerton April 30, 2019 7:37 PM  

Special-purpose guns:
To intimidate the Emperor of Japan? A shogun.
To rob the Soviet treasury? A Tsvigun.
To defend the Jewish People? An Irgun (Use it Sternly.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf April 30, 2019 8:37 PM  

Anyone interested in novelized Japanese history may like: "Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan"
by Eiji Yoshikawa (1892–1962). The book takes place during the 1500s and retells the unification of Japan from the eyes of 'Taiko'. It's ~900 pages I think (small print). While I've read that people thought it was slow, I personally felt exactly the opposite. I thought it was a good blend of history, action and suspense. Particularly as it was written in Japanese for Japanese. I read the English translation linked.

It'll help make sense of the famous Zen parable:
What would you do if a hototogisu (bird) doesn't sing?

Oda Nobunaga fiercely answers, “Kill it.”
Toyotomi Hideyoshi coyly says, “Make it.”
Tokugawa Ieyasu, thinks patiently and replies, “Wait for it.”

Or something like this :)

Blogger Meng Greenleaf April 30, 2019 8:38 PM  

The Gaelic Lands wrote:JovianStorm: But what of Fukushima's radiation effects on the country? I've held back any long term visits to a country I love due to the lack of honest discussion about it. As I understand, the effects of the radiation are minimal. Though it is a big clean up effort that will take decades to come. Sadly. Stupid GE and their idiotic design....

Blogger Kristophr April 30, 2019 9:22 PM  

Meng: Don't blame GE. The GE engineers spent a lot of time complaining about bad TEPCO decisions.

The Japanese brass just smiled and agreed, and then made cost only based decisions anyway.

Blogger The Observer April 30, 2019 10:14 PM  

"Wouldn't it be fascinating if this is the first step towards a return to rule by shogun in Japan?"

"That is creating something of a stink with the hardline right. There appears to be no precedent for a woman Emperor in her own right."

""And ONLY princes thank you," says the Traditionalists."

"Well, there goes Japan. Woman emperor = spread wide for foreigners = no more Japan."

bigthink.jpg

"After the Empress' latest disastrous 'invite the world' program, a young man from the once-great (redacted) clan decides to take matters into his own hands, looking to the past for proven solutions to present problems..."

@41, 43:

You'd at least want a Japanese surrogate, preferably a virgin. Microchimerisation and telegony are things, and the imperial family would probably be highly concerned with such.

@47:

A weeb is a derogatory term for a non-Japanese, usually white, who is inordinately obsessed with Japanese culture and romanticises it.

Blogger dvdivx April 30, 2019 10:44 PM  

If you look at old pictures of their daughter she clearly had something wrong. Muscle twisting of the hands how she waved etc. Then the behaviors stopped suddenly around age 9 or so. You don't see these rumors outside Japan for some reason but Japanese boards are chock full of those rumors.

Blogger Dave W. April 30, 2019 11:25 PM  

"A weeb is a derogatory term for a non-Japanese, usually white, who is inordinately obsessed with Japanese culture and romanticises it."

Short for "weeaboo"

Blogger BalancedTryteOperators May 01, 2019 12:12 AM  

I get so emotional when I think of Japan. They might be the only NT-dominant nation on planet Earth.

The worst thing that could happen is her getting taken over by Jungian feelers (e.g. Allahu Ackbars, NPC's, gangbangers, and clueless white guys) like the United States. Ban all Japanese immigration.

Blogger SciVo May 01, 2019 12:15 AM  

I still have no idea what that has to do with this Perry Bible Fellowship strip, but there you go.

Blogger Angantyr May 01, 2019 12:33 AM  

Re: Weeb/Weeaboo

Sort of the opposite of a WOG ("White, Oriental Gentleman")

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother May 01, 2019 1:07 AM  

Well he sure isn't either of those.

Blogger JovianStorm May 01, 2019 1:29 AM  

The Gaelic Lands: I live close to Fukushima...within the Kanto region. There are places that aren't good to go but the surrounding areas are fine.

No radiation in the food or water above background. The only real pollution we have is from the sub-85 IQ farmers who burn trash and weeds, making the air pm2. 5 yellow alert status about 3 or 4 out of every 7 days. We also have a higher percentage of foreigners in the college towns who make life slightly more difficult for the locals. But it's otherwise a wonderful life. I have no desire to return to the US.

Blogger CostelloM May 01, 2019 3:32 AM  

If Japan tries to go military again they better either start having babies immediately or learn to speak Mandarin Chinese. The longest running soap opera in China, basically the Doctor Who of Beijing is set during the Japanese occupation with daily atrocities, rapes, killing of children as set pieces to keep the hate alive.

Blogger Toris May 01, 2019 11:59 AM  

The recent EU-Japan agreements (and loud applause from liberal internationalists) make me suspect this new 'Rei + wa' era is named to signal more 'Order + Peace'.

World order/world peace building as usual.



Blogger Dark Herald May 01, 2019 4:18 PM  

@Stg58/Animal Mother

If you want an example of an actual Weeaboo here you go.

Blogger Unknown May 09, 2019 2:02 AM  

should have known Vox already commented on the new era here in Japan. optimism and moral is rising in the land of the rising sun. as always thank you Vox.

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