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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Japan lawmaker breaks taboo with nuclear fears letter for emperor

This article outlines the stupidity of the Japanese culture... How is a fecking nuclear disaster warning, a political gesture??... wtf!!!...

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Published: Friday November 1, 2013 MYT 11:25:02 AM
Updated: Friday November 1, 2013 MYT 11:26:06 AM

Japanese lawmaker Taro Yamamoto (3rd L) hands a letter to Emperor Akihito (front C), while Empress Michiko (R) looks on, during the annual autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden in Tokyo October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool

Japanese lawmaker Taro Yamamoto (3rd L) hands a letter to Emperor Akihito (front C), while Empress Michiko (R) looks on, during the annual autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden in Tokyo October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool
   
TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese lawmaker handed Emperor Akihito a letter on Thursday expressing fear about the health impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, breaking a taboo by trying to involve the emperor in politics.
Taro Yamamoto, who is also an anti-nuclear activist, gave Akihito the letter during a garden party, setting off a storm of protest on the Internet from critics shocked at his action.
"I wanted to directly tell the emperor of the current situation," Yamamoto told reporters, referring to the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo, which has been leaking radioactivity since it was battered by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.
"I wanted him to know about the children who have been contaminated by radiation. If this goes on, there will be serious health impacts."
Akihito inclined his head as he took the letter in his hand but then handed it to a nearby chamberlain. Yamamoto said he made no comment.
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