Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Japan's new prime minister visits Meiji shrine

Japan''s PM Shinzo Abe reportedly visited the Meiji Shrine. Before the surrender of Japan to the USA-led Allies after two atomic bombs were dropped at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945,'Japanese emperors were worshipped as sun-gods and wars,'including unconventional types like suicide bombing against Allies' ships, were made in emperors' names. Immediately after the end of the 'Pacific War, 'there were public calls in Allied countries and liberated areas for Japan's then emperor to be hanged as a war criminal, but he was allowed to rule as a human and constitutional ruler. There were -'and probably still are'-'superstitious or mythological elements in Japan''s ultra-nationalism and militarism. One concise account of the ('human-) making of the emperor-centric state ideology in Japan can be found in Professor W.G. Beasley's'The Rise Of Modern Japan : 'Political, 'Economic and Social Change Since 1850 (London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000'; revised ed., pp.'80-83).