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Emperor Akihito’s speech underlines gravity of Japan’s nuclear crisis

In Breaking News on March 17, 2011 at 10:44 AM

LAURA KING & KENJI HALL – LOS ANGELES TIMES VIA NATIONAL POST – 16/03/2011 [LINK]

The Emperor has spoken: very bad news.

The first time a Japanese Emperor addressed the nation with his own voice was after the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The message was radioed to the whole country.

Now, Akihito is the first Emperor to make a televised speech.

It’s time for Japanese people to accept the worst scenario.

 

 

[EXTRACTS]

Akihito, the nation’s 77-year-old sovereign, delivered an unprecedented address to his people on Wednesday in which he urged calm, perseverance and solidarity in “the difficult days that lie ahead.”

 


Often, Japanese court language is so arcane as to be nearly incomprehensible. In his five-minute address, though, Akihito used unusually direct patterns of speech — still highly mannered, but amounting by palace standards to almost an imperial pep talk to a beleaguered nation.


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