Japanese Imperial Couple Visit Saipan

Imperial CoupleYesterday afternoon Emperor Akihito and his wife, the Empress Michiko, arrived on Saipan, in a visit to honor the island’s war dead. They will visit Banzai Cliff, where hundreds of Japanese soldiers and civilians jumped to their deaths rather than surrender, shouting “Banzai” – long life, for the Emperor’s father Hirohito.

This visit to mark the 60th anniversary of the war is the first time the imperial couple have gone outside Japan to visit a World War II battlefield. The visit has attracted international attention, especially as tensions are high in China and South Korea over Japan’s wartime history.

Nevertheless, this is a big event for Saipan, with hopes high that this will spur further tourism to the island.

2 thoughts on “Japanese Imperial Couple Visit Saipan

  1. Anonymous

    Thomas,

    About your earlier comment about my film MAX HAVOC: CURSE OF THE DRAGON being “stupid,” I take offense to your statment. My film is not stupid and you can expect to be sued by my lawyers there on the Island.

    P.S. – I have I told all you Island-bumpkins yet about how my swimming pool at my Bel Air mansion is leaking and I can’t go swimming for awhile?

    John Laing
    Rigel Entertainment
    323-954-8555

  2. Anonymous

    ahhh, johnny…but do you really know why there’s a leak in your pool??? look toward the southeast corner… and u shall find…

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