May 14, 2021
The Iron Ceiling and Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne
By Will Fee
For a "democracy without women," what does the imperial succession debate mean for gender parity in Japan?
May 17, 2019
The Heisei Paradox: Emperor Akihito and Japan’s Nationalist Regression
By Edward Danks
The paradox of a pacifist emperor amid rising nationalism politically is likely to continue in the Reiwa era.
May 14, 2019
Living History: Ushering in the New Imperial Era in Japan
By Spencer Cohen
The view from the crowd that gathered in early May to celebrate the rise of a new emperor.
January 03, 2019
Japan’s Emperor Makes His Final New Year’s Appearance
By Yuri Kageyama
Emperor Akihito, who will soon be abdicating the throne, gave his final New Year’s address before 150,000 admirers.