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Friday, May 13, 2005
  Japanese Diet renames holiday to honour Hirohito

The Japundit blog is reporting that the Japanese Diet is renaming the April 29 holiday from Green Day back to its original name "Showa"
to honour Emperor Hirohito.

"Showa" was quite often the only holiday, yasume, the Japanese granted the Far East Prisoners of War.

Japan renames holiday to honour World War II Emperor

Japanudit notes that the bill says the new holiday is a day during which “thoughts should be given to the future of the nation, while reflecting on the period of Showa during which turbulent days were experienced and reconstruction (from the wreckage of war) achieved.”

and the blog adds:

Despite what people in other countries think, there are many Japanese who hold Hirohito responsible for the actions of Japan during World War II, and feel that he should have apologized not only to the countries that Japan invaded then, but to the Japanese people as well for putting them through the suffering that they also had to endure in his name.

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