MP Escapes Punishment for Photographing Emperor


A Japanese Diet member has narrowly escaped punishment after daring to take a photograph of Emperor Akihito.


59-year-old DPJ upper house member Makoto Hirayama reportedly had the temerity to use his mobile phone to take a photograph of the Emperor as he was attending the Diet’s opening ceremony.

Such a serious incident demanded an investigation by his party, who questioned him and found that he had thought to take the photo as a memento of his meeting with the Emperor, and said that they do not intend to punish him for the act.

Hirayama has apologised mildly rather than slitting open his belly in the ancient and honourable manner, saying “it was reported on and caused a bit of a fuss.”

2ch is united in hatred of any and all Democrats, but even they are having tremendous difficulty in articulating just what it is he did wrong beyond belonging to the wrong party:


“I hate those Democrats!”

“As expected of a dirty party of Koreans!”

“What a shameless bunch!”

“Didn’t he just snap a famous old celeb you hardly ever see?”

“Why is a simple photograph even an issue? Freedom of expression?”

“Have any of you lot ever spoken to this old grandpa? What percentage of Japanese have?”

“Isn’t this covered by anti-nuisance ordinances?”

“This MP is like some country bumpkin or something, taking pictures like that.”

“Emperor worship is pre-war stuff, a verbal reprimand is sufficient.”

“Revive lese-majesty and execute this traitor immediately!”

“There isn’t a rule against photographing him, right? This is just some pretext.”

“There is no ruder thing! Are you even Japanese!?”

“We may not be in a totalitarian system any more, so worshipping him that much is not necessary, but his manners and common sense are still awful all the same.”

“Everyone makes out as if before the war everyone just worshipped the emperor, but in reality it wasn’t like that at all.”

“Why are they letting him off?”

“The DPJ should just come out and say they hate Japan.”

“They don’t respect His Majesty the Emperor at all in that party. He’s the symbol of the nation, they don’t respect even that!”

“People who defile His Majesty the Emperor are treated as heroes in the DPJ!”

“He should be punished! You’d expect this from a party of Korean filth!”

“At least we don’t still have lese-majesty any more…”

“Are 50% of the DPJ ethnic Koreans or something?”

“The DPJ don’t even see this as a problem!”

“Oh come on, what nonsense are these crazy rightists spouting now – TV and mass media photograph him all the time? They report on him all the time? Do you need a license to photograph him or something? Seriously, what is the problem?”

“There’s no rule against it. But it is unprofessional and he should be sacked!”

“What is this, pre-war times? Will his soul be drained away if someone photographs him?”

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    Avatar of Lunatique
    Comment by Lunatique
    04:00 15/09/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Death penalty!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:37 15/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Seriously! Kill that guy! Why is he wasting his time taking pictures of some old guy when he could be taking pictures of naked lolis for the internets!

    Idiots need to get their priorities straightened out...

    Avatar of Ota-Kool
    Comment by Ota-Kool
    05:46 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So its illegal to take picture? Why there's a picture of him at top?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    weird. Here some russkies took images of an old dude and nobody shoot them or demanded Kuril islands as an apology

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not illegal. It's just considered rude to take clandestine pictures of him. Like most 'royals', the imperial family prefers 'official' shots and pics by the legitimate media.

    Avatar of LDC
    Comment by LDC

    That's saved only for Koreans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 15/09/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Koreans are the dirty scrapings from the bottom of Japanese boots!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:40 15/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    All humans are inferior! The robot technocracy will devour all your fleshy parts and make this planet an efficient mechanism once and for all!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 15/09/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    All dark and yellow colored people are inferior to white people! Burn all democrats and liberal minded people and use their remains as fertilizer!

    Avatar of Slush
    Comment by Slush
    04:01 15/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    God damn Japanese people are fucking stupid, I mean honestly, he took a picture of an old dude, emperor or not, just like the Queen of England, just a symbol, get over it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 15/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    All Americans are fat and everyone in Africa has AIDS. Please, refrain from targeting a whole country when you want to criticise a specific group of people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Especially when such representation of such group of people is coming from FUCKING _2CH_ of all places...

    Avatar of Kiljoy616
    Comment by Kiljoy616
    04:38 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No the whole country of Japan is not bat shit crazy, but the government seems to be over stupid things like this. Way more pressing problems than some old guy who looks like he should be in a nursing home.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:41 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    That "old guy" along with the Empress Michiko did more to raise the spirits of the Japanese people during the recent events at Fukashima by going around to the relief shelters than PM Kan and the rest of the worthless politicians!

    Long live His Imperial Majesty!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh, you and your silly emperor worship.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 17/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Long live the Immortal God Emperor (of Japankind)!

    Death to all xenos and trai...err I mean Koreans and gaijins!

    Comment by Anonymous

    So basically you're upset that he generalized all japanese, but you're not arguing that the whole thing is just stupid, I take it?

    You shouldn't just look at one part of his post and take it out of context. Hater.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:38 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    @ Slush 04:01 :

    A) It's *because* he's an important (to them) symbol that they're upset.

    B) If you want a photo of the Japanese Emperor, you should spend the Yen to buy his photo-shoot book. :-)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 15/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So the emperor is an idol?

    Avatar of Lonesnipa
    Comment by Lonesnipa
    05:36 15/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    More likely he doesn't want any pictures of himself so he can't be killed by a death note.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:45 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's actually a pretty logical explanation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I wonder if it might not be considered a bit crass for an MP to take the Queen's picture with a *cellphone*...but I'm sure it'd just cause a brief and minor brouhaha in newspapers and TV chat shows. More of fodder for jokes than anything else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    so, in short, this ^

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, HM The Queen is never photographed EATING. Cutting ribbons, waving, opening hospitals, driving her Range Rover, all A-Ok. Eating or drinking? VERY NO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:39 16/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe this is evidence that she doesn't eat or drink. Like a she's a cyborg or a vampire or something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Give her a break, she's self conscious about her dentures.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:02 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder why people are so butthurt over nobility and feel the need to validate their meaningless lives by claiming they are ordinary people.

    While this cretan shouldn't be executed, he should show more remorse over his rude actions.

    Tennou Heika, Banzai

    Comment by Anonymous

    I so agree with you.
    Just get rid of any royal/empire familly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ruling parties are replaced on a regular basis. while a ruling family with a long history represents stability and stands above petty political squabbling. This is why they are important to the common people.

    Comment by 666
    05:04 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A few years ago I thought the same way as You do now, but... I changed my mind. First of all, the whole society is based on some sort of lies and illusions(the part of human nature that always eluded me ^_^), which are required to maintain social contract( which is a lie too). So by cutting out of the self-regulating system like our society based on fallacies something like symbol of the state. It inevitably start to rot and disintegrate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:46 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait what?!

    Where's that Star Trek universal translator when you need one?

    It's like some weird stream of consciousness writing combined with some economic lesson or something.

    Comment by Anonymous

    What the fuck are you even trying to say?

    Sankaku gets dumber day by day.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Emperor of some tiny shit hole island? Hah. Guy doesn't even deserve the title of king, much less emperor. Someone tell me why the allies didn't have a mass public execution of the imperial family post war?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 16/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because they were afraid of mass suicides and didn't want to have that on their consciousness.

    Avatar of ichitaka05
    Comment by ichitaka05
    04:18 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    Main problem is he try to take a pic of emperor without permission. & you're right. He's just a symbol, but symbol w history & respect. Why do you think certain art museum doesn't allow cameras? Same concept.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:03 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They don't allow cameras in your art museums? What a shitty town you live in.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Paris doesn't qualify as a small hick town, bud, and the Louvre, which is in Paris, doesn't allow flash photography.

    Same goes for major art museums in Italy or any major art museum really.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:27 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So that means if you take a picture he'll fade and crumble to pieces?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    People of the 1850's believe it captures the persons soul on the camera and removes it from the person.

    Avatar of ichitaka05
    Comment by ichitaka05
    04:30 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never know. iirc he's over 70yrs old. lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:07 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, doesn't Ichitaka feel like a dumbshit for not knowing about flash photos and fragile art.

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    Comment by Syaimaral
    05:17 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the camera's flash might damage the short your cellphone that happens to have flash photography(what the hell kind of a cell is that) will make the "emperor" deteriorate or at least blind him.

    Avatar of Kiljoy616
    Comment by Kiljoy616
    04:41 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe he makes money selling his picture, poor old man.

    Avatar of ichitaka05
    Comment by ichitaka05
    04:45 15/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    w Cellphone pics? I know cellphone camera have improved in yrs... but cellphone pics?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Museums prohibit cameras for three reasons:

    * The flashes speed deterioration of the art;

    * The flashes bother the patrons; and,

    * Third-party photos cut into the amount of money the museum gets selling their *own* photographs of the exhibits.

    I'll let you guess which reason is most important to the museum management.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:38 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some work has usually gone into creating artwork for museums (usually...). Also, the flash required to acquire a clear image can be harmful to pigments.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ichitaka, the reason that certain museums do not allow photograph taking is more due to the damage the flashes have on the paintings, not due to an issue with respect or history.

    I doubt taking pictures of this idiot would cause him to suffer multiple organ failure, so whatever.

    Avatar of max
    Comment by max
    08:19 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No organ failure, but there afraid it will steal his soul

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:37 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    sorry this just seems ridiculous

    Comment by 666
    04:04 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You can't take a photo of the god and escape a divine punishment. ^_^

    Avatar of ichitaka05
    Comment by ichitaka05
    04:21 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Back in ancient time in Japan, certain emperor family line was not allow to be seen by commoners. Cuz they're decedent of (certain) God.^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's not true. Back in "ancient times" the imperial family were known for being approachable

    Avatar of Kiljoy616
    Comment by Kiljoy616
    04:42 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So certain gods would come off their mountain and hump the lolitas in their sleep. Oh dam so many virgin birth there must have been. Crazy human thinking that what it is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Another fairy tale just like jesus.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:41 16/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another fairy tale like god.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yet you still believe that you came from a rock.

    Not to mention the fairy tale of the "Big Bang Theory" came from a Jesuit Priest by the name of George Lemaitre SJ.

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