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Tokyo governor apologizes for calling quake devine retribution

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first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet FaithLifestyle Tokyo governor apologizes for calling quake devine retribution by: – March 16, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 51 Views   no discussions The governor of Tokyo apologized on Tuesday for saying the earthquake and resulting tsunami that left thousands dead were divine punishment for Japanese egoism, a leading Japanese news service reported. “I will take back (the remark) and offer a deep apology,” Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said at a Tuesday news conference, according to Japan’s Kyodo News.On Monday, Ishihara had told reporters, “I think (the disaster) is tembatsu (divine punishment), although I feel sorry for disaster victims,” according to Kyodo News, which translated Ishihara’s remarks from Japanese. “Japanese politics is tainted with egoism and populism,” Ishihara had said Monday, according to Kyodo News. “We need to use tsunami to wipe out egoism, which has rusted onto the mentality of Japanese over a long period of time.”The death toll from Friday’s 9.0-magnitude quake off the east coast of Honshu grew to 3,373 on Tuesday. John Nelson, the chair of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco, said Ishihara’s remarks about divine retribution hark back to Japanese Buddhist ideas that fell out of favor decades ago. He said the Japanese term “tembatsu” could also be translated as heavenly punishment. “The way [Ishihara] used it was a prewar understanding of the will of heaven or the gods to discipline the Japanese people,” Nelson said.“That understating of the gods having an agenda was instrumental to the ideology of the prewar years, when it was said to be Japan’s divine mission to conquer Asia and establish an empire,” Nelson said. Ishihara, 78, had said he was leaving politics but announced after the earthquake that he will seek a fourth term as governor in this year’s elections.By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editorlast_img read more

Tipp Intermediates out of Munster championsip

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first_imgPat Ryan got Tipp’s goal and also registered two points.Aidan McCormack also contributed handsomely to the losing side’s tally with 0-5.Limerick will play Clare in the Munster final on July 6th. Limerick beat the Premier County 2-11 to 0-15 in the provincial semi-final at Semple Stadium.Although William Maher’s side were always within touching distance of their opponents they never managed to edge in front.Their chances of victory were hit by goals in either half by the Treaty County’s David Dempsey and Pa Ryan.last_img read more