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Japan begins a new era

Emperor Naruhito is said to have a strong modern as well as a strong peace strain.

01 May 2019 2:27 AM

Japanese Emperor Akihito to abdicate after three decades on throne

Akihito, who has had treatment for prostate cancer and heart surgery, said that his age would make it hard for him to carry out his duties.

30 Apr 2019 11:26 AM

Japan’s Akihito bows out today, leaving a rich legacy

The transition from the Heisei to the new Reiwa era is a significant landmark in Japan’s post-war history and politics.

30 Apr 2019 12:18 AM

The succession dilemma of the Japanese Imperial family

Abdication of Japanese Emperor stirs female succession debate.

08 Apr 2019 4:29 PM

Japan's emperor marks 30th year of reign at National Theatre in Tokyo

The government-sponsored ceremony at the National Theatre in Tokyo was attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Empress Michiko.

24 Feb 2019 5:44 PM


Fevered speculation as Japan princess postpones wedding

The 26-year-old eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito cited time constraints as the reason to delay the formal engagement.

07 Feb 2018 4:02 PM

New era in Japan: Emperor Akihito to abdicate throne for eldest son

The much admired Emperor and his wife are often seen making visits to disaster victims and carrying out other official duties.

01 Dec 2017 9:52 AM

Japan's emperor visits shrine for ancient Korean settlers

He was accompanied by his wife Empress Michiko.

20 Sep 2017 1:56 PM

Japanese princess marries for love, gives up royal status

The princess said that she will marry Kei Komuro, who was a classmate of hers at Tokyo’s International Christian University.

04 Sep 2017 8:51 AM

Japan's 1st abdication: Parliament passes law for emperor Akihito to step down

Citing health issues, the 83-yr-old monarch had expressed his desire to take a back seat in '16 after 30 yrs on the Chrysanthemum Throne.

09 Jun 2017 9:45 AM