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the royal “we”
Kanji 1603

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Synopsis

By focusing on a pronoun that emperors have used for themselves, you enter the world of their pronouncements. Learn why one said it’s as if he were being choked. Enjoy a close reading of the speech Hirohito made when telling his citizens (whom he called his “babies”!) that the war was over. See a photo of the handwritten speech. Also find out why they couldn’t grasp his basic point!  

 

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 1603 on 朕 (the royal "we"), titled "The Emperor's Speech"
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JOYO ON-YOMI
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JOYO KUN-YOMI
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RADICAL月 (130: flesh)
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