06 Sep 2006 No Blue-Eyed Foreigners Need Apply
A Bloomberg story describing how Hirohito’s newborn great-grandson will be under great pressure to produce male offspring has this xenophobic moment:
Former trade minister Takeo Hiranuma said at a rally in February that ‘if Aiko becomes the reigning empress, and gets involved with a blue-eyed foreigner while studying abroad and marries him, their child may be emperor,’ according to the Associated Press. ‘We should never let that happen.’
Male offspring are important because the xenophobes are also misogynistic.Fortunately, we blue-eyed foreign females have greater aspirations than sitting on a ceremonial “throne” the Japanese only have because General McArthur decided to allow it.