The emperor of Japan has been rather subtly cautioning his people to not so easily forget the past.
The current prime minister has been steering the country away from its pacifistic leanings into a more “normal” militaristic realm.
The emperor has used the recent WWII 70th anniversary commemorations to warn that the nation should remember the lessons of an overly aggressive Japan.
Long ago, a prince told his followers to love their enemies.
As one of the few nations of the world with a pacifistic constitution, Japan has offered the world a unique perspective with reference to the folly of war and militarization.
That nation as well as the rest of us would do well to heed the words of an emperor and a prince.