Usually, politics is a competition between individuals and factions each of which wants to be, as we say, “in power.” In Japan, though, there is a political struggle between a faction that wants to put a man in power and that man who does not want the power.
As we blogged about, the party of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won enough seats in parliament to accomplish his goal of revising the Japanese Constitution, which was primarily the work of Gen. Douglas MacArthur after World War II in an effort to ensure that Japan would become a peaceful Democratic nation. Abe wants to bring back elements of pre-war Japan. He and his party have connections to a group that wants to bring back both Japanese militarism and Emperor worship.
But now the Emperor has given an unexpected speech in which he rebuked those efforts, including the desire to give him more power and to treat him as a god. Ironically, those who think the Emperor is a god are opposing him!