Imperial dilemma

Print edition : September 16, 2016

Pedestrians watch a screen broadcasting Emperor Akihito's address to the people on August 8, in Tokyo. Photo: Yuya Shino/Bloomberg

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery for unknown war victims on the 71st anniversary of Japan's surrender in the Second World War, in Tokyo on August 15. He sent a ritual donation to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine but avoided visiting it, in an apparent nod to China and South Korea. Photo: JIJI PRESS/AFP

Tomami Inada, the new Defence Minister, inspecting a guard of honour on her first day in office on August 4. Photo: Shuji Kajiyama/AP

There seems to be a rift between the politics of Japan’s ruling dispensation and its imperial family.
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