Re: honorary dan ranking
Well, I agree in general with the above post-
However, I think for things to function smoothly, the "honourary" promotee needs to to realize his or her position. The impression I get from the first post is that this person is trying to flex that new rank a bit, and people are, perhaps, rightfully resentful.
Nothing against honourary promotions, OR aikidoka of older age - as you mentioned, our Shihan's are getting up there - however, I once dojo practice is undermined by such promotions, then it becomes a problem.