Richard Lloyd Parry: Akihito and the Sorrow of Japan

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Richard Lloyd Parry: Akihito and the Sorrow of Japan

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BP LECTURE THEATRE, THE BRITISH MUSEUM

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28/02/2020 18:30

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Akihito, who abdicated in April, was a paradoxical figure: a hereditary monarch, the son of the wartime emperor, Hirohito, strictly barred from political utterance, who even so stood out against the historical revisionism of the nationalist right. Richard Lloyd Parry considers the former emperor’s part in the intellectual and political debate over Japan’s wartime record, and its history of apology – or non-apology – for its conduct in East Asia.

Richard Lloyd Parry is Asia editor at the Times. His latest book is Ghosts of the Tsunami, about the 2011 disaster in Japan.

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