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Obama Gives Japan's Emperor a Deep Bow of Submission

How low will the new American president go for the world's royalty?

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Very low bows like this are a sign of deference for a superior.


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This photo will get Democrat President Obama a lot of approving nods in Japan this weekend, especially among the older generation of Japanese who still pay attention to the royal family living in Republican vice president Dick Cheney is received by Emperor Akihito in 2007 downtown castle. Very low bows like this are a sign of great respect and deference to a superior.


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To some in the United States, however, an upright handshake might have looked better.


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Remember Michelle Obama casually patting Britain's Queen Elizabeth on the back during their Buckingham Palace visit? America's royalty tends to make movies and get bad reviews and lots of money as a sign of respect.

Obama could receive some frowns back home as he did for his not-quite-this-low-or-maybe-about-the-same-bow to the Saudi king not so long ago.

Akihito, who turns 76 next month, is the eldest son and fifth child of Emperor Showa, the name given to an emperor and his reign after his death.

Emperor Showa is better known abroad by the life name of Hirohito. He became emperor in 1925 and died in 1989, the longest historically-known rule of the nation's 125 emperors.

Hirohito presided over his nation's growth from an undeveloped agrarian economy into the expansionist military power and ally of Nazi Germany of the 1930's.

And, later, Japan became a global economic giant. Hirohito, along with Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, who authorized the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, were much reviled abroad during World War II.

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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/11/obama-emperor-akihito-japan.html

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Added: Nov-14-2009 Occurred On: Nov-14-2009
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