I Felt Like An American Today

I really felt like an American today. That wasn’t a good thing, in context. I heard that Japan’s emperor was debating about abdicating due to his declining ability to fulfill his duties. This made me feel like an American because I had no idea Japan still had an emperor.

Isn’t that considered American? To know know significant figures in the governments of the rest of the world? Particularly nations with which we have close ties?

I mean, I knew Japan had a prime minister (currently Shinzo Abe). I just didn’t know they still had an emperor. I assumed they stopped having emperors a while ago. We won’t even get into what kind of duties such an emperor might have (just like my confusion about England’s royal family).

I just felt a bit ignorant…which I was (and for most areas, remain).

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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