Friday, December 31, 2010
The Breaking Japanese Imperial Protocol
When the Vice President of China, Xi Jinping, visited Japan on 14 December 2009, his visit created one of hottest debates in Japan. Since the Japanese emperor has prostate cancer in 1995, the Imperial Household Agency has asked any leaders from any countries must arrange the meeting with the emperor a month in advance as Japanese protocol requires (NHK News). However, Xi broke this protocol with less than a month request. Some right-wing LDP leaders including former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo criticized Hatoyama’s decision by accusing “using political gain.” Some observers claim that Secretary General of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, Ozawa Ichiro, visited Beijing on 10 December with the unheard-of more than 600-strong delegation; he might influence the decision to push the 25-minutes meeting between Xi-emperor. On 15 December, when the Japanese emperor met with the Chinese Vice President, the radical right-wings protested in Tokyo by fighting with police. Is this arrangement between Xi-emperor “to use political gain” by Hatoyama?