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Several weeks ago Time Magazine’s Tokyo bureau asked Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi to nominate someone for the magazine’s series of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, and Obuchi chose Emperor Showa.

Later, Obuchi and his staff objected to the magazine’s choice of a photo to go alongside the piece that Obuchi (or whoever) wrote about the emperor. The message dwelled on Japan’s dedication to peace, but the photo showed the emperor in a military uniform.

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