President Obama is being criticized by the way he bowed to Japan’s Emperor Akihito. Supporters argue, Obama’s bow was an attempt to be culturally appropriate; while critics say it was an embarrassment, and he dishonored the service and sacrifice of Americans who fought against Japan during World War II.
Now granted, Emperor Akihito is the son of Emperor Hirohito, who led Japan during World War II, but World War II happened over 50 years ago. Are the cynics still holding a grudge?
Either way, an expert in Japanese tradition says that his bow was indeed a folly. The Emperor and his wife have something to laugh about; we are all entitled to a little laughter.
- Was the bow, that serious?
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