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The Heisei Paradox: Emperor Akihito and Japan’s Nationalist Regression
May 17, 2019
The Heisei Paradox: Emperor Akihito and Japan’s Nationalist Regression
The paradox of a pacifist emperor amid rising nationalism politically is likely to continue in the Reiwa era.
The Heisei Paradox: Emperor Akihito and Japan’s Nationalist Regression
Living History: Ushering in the New Imperial Era in Japan
May 14, 2019
Living History: Ushering in the New Imperial Era in Japan
The view from the crowd that gathered in early May to celebrate the rise of a new emperor.
Living History: Ushering in the New Imperial Era in Japan
The Rise of Japan’s New Emperor Sparks Debate on Male-Only Succession
May 08, 2019
The Rise of Japan’s New Emperor Sparks Debate on Male-Only Succession
As Japan celebrates a new Emperor and imperial era, the male-only succession rule underscores the monarchy’s struggle to survive.
The Rise of Japan’s New Emperor Sparks Debate on Male-Only Succession
The End of an Era: Japan’s Emperor Finalizes Abdication
May 01, 2019
The End of an Era: Japan’s Emperor Finalizes Abdication
As of midnight on April 30, Emperor Akihito has been replaced by Crown Prince Naruhito.
The End of an Era: Japan’s Emperor Finalizes Abdication
Japan’s New Imperial Era: What’s in a Name?
April 18, 2019
Japan’s New Imperial Era: What’s in a Name?
After the highly anticipated new imperial era was unveiled, its carefully considered name – Reiwa – has attracted criticism.
Japan’s New Imperial Era: What’s in a Name?
Japan’s Emperor Makes His Final New Year’s Appearance
January 03, 2019
Japan’s Emperor Makes His Final New Year’s Appearance
Emperor Akihito, who will soon be abdicating the throne, gave his final New Year’s address before 150,000 admirers.
Japan’s Emperor Makes His Final New Year’s Appearance
Japanese Emperor Akihito Delivers Final Official War Memorial Speech
August 18, 2018
Japanese Emperor Akihito Delivers Final Official War Memorial Speech
Emperor Akihito, known for his emphasis on reconciliation and peace, gave his last speech at Japan’s annual ceremony for WWII dead.
Japanese Emperor Akihito Delivers Final Official War Memorial Speech
How Emperor Akihito Shaped Post-War Japan
August 10, 2016
How Emperor Akihito Shaped Post-War Japan
As the emperor signals his wish to step down, time for a look back at his legacy.
How Emperor Akihito Shaped Post-War Japan
Japan’s Emperor Hints at Abdication in Televised Address
August 08, 2016
Japan’s Emperor Hints at Abdication in Televised Address
The ten-minute pre-recorded message was the second-ever televised address of the Emperor to the public.
Japan’s Emperor Hints at Abdication in Televised Address
Japan's Emperor Visits the Philippines: Major Takeaways
February 06, 2016
Japan's Emperor Visits the Philippines: Major Takeaways
Emperor Akihito's time in the Philippines was as much about the past as the future.
Japan's Emperor Visits the Philippines: Major Takeaways
Japan’s Emperor to Make Historic Philippines Visit
January 14, 2016
Japan’s Emperor to Make Historic Philippines Visit
Japan’s imperial couple will be on a state visit from 26 to 30 January.
Japan’s Emperor to Make Historic Philippines Visit
How Japan's Emperor (Subtly) Criticized Shinzo Abe
August 19, 2015
How Japan's Emperor (Subtly) Criticized Shinzo Abe
Japan's Emperor Akihito appears to be determined to remind his people of the horrors of World War II.
How Japan's Emperor (Subtly) Criticized Shinzo Abe
Why You Should Listen to What Japan's Emperor Says on August 15
August 14, 2015
Why You Should Listen to What Japan's Emperor Says on August 15
What we will hear from Emperor Akihito on August 15 will be equally—if not more—important than the Abe Statement.
Why You Should Listen to What Japan's Emperor Says on August 15
Chinese Group Demands that Japanese Emperor Return Ancient Artifact
August 13, 2014
Chinese Group Demands that Japanese Emperor Return Ancient Artifact
A Chinese civic group is demanding that Japanese Emperor Akihito return plundered artifacts to China.
Chinese Group Demands that Japanese Emperor Return Ancient Artifact
Should India-Japan Ties Worry China?
December 11, 2013
Should India-Japan Ties Worry China?
India-Japan ties will be “conducive” to regional peace and stability — by forming a bulwark against Chinese ambitions.
Should India-Japan Ties Worry China?
Rice From Inside Fukushima 30-Kilometer Zone Delivered to Emperor
November 28, 2013
Rice From Inside Fukushima 30-Kilometer Zone Delivered to Emperor
Rice from Hirono, Fukushima prefecture, will be served at dining halls and imperial residences.
Rice From Inside Fukushima 30-Kilometer Zone Delivered to Emperor
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