Japan’s Farewell to the People’s Emperor
By Kenneth Ruoff
A look back at the Heisei era, and forward to the reign of Emperor Naruhito.
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.
The End of an Era: Japan’s Emperor Finalizes Abdication
By Mari Yamaguchi
As of midnight on April 30, Emperor Akihito has been replaced by Crown Prince Naruhito.