Unalloyed PRAYER for souls of the war dead.

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The emperor of Japan visited a remote Pacific island today to pray for thousands of Japanese and American soldiers who died during the World War II battle of Peleliu.
Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko laid bouquets of white chrysanthemum flowers in front of a seaside cenotaph for Japanese victims.

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Then, they also paid silent tribute to mourn war victims at the cenotaph for the US Army’s 81st Infantry Division.
Why?

According to Shinto, most Japanese people still maintains the culture and tradition of respecting and worshipping the deceased.
Therefore, there is no distinction between ally and enemy after decease.
We, Japanese call all of them “Kami“(god).

Despite of their age and health condition, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko completed the short trip for prayer. We can not hide admiration and reverence to the Emperor of Japan!
And special many thanks to the cordial welcome by people in Palau!

( Photos, AP, Kyodo.)
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