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The Emperor in love. Is that why they’re rarely seen in the media?

In spite of their being public figures, the Emperor and Empress look very much in love in this island nation. I never understand why the Japanese royal family is not promoted more heavily for tourism, diplomacy, and the sheer entertainment value for their subjects. That’s the case in Europe, isn’t it?

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Japan has serious drinking problem

The enthusiasm for drinking in Japan continually surprises me. Maybe I am a light weight. And frankly not very attracted to this legal vice. Yet the power it has over this island nation’s citizenry is astounding. The name of this bar suggests the intimacy and long term nature of this affection.