June 30, 2021
What the Imperial House Tells Us About Japan’s Demographic Crisis
By Will Fee
Aging, shrinking, its top position reserved exclusively for men – Japan's monarchy is a neat microcosm of society as a whole.
June 01, 2019
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.
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.