Sep 19, 2016

Abe won't set deadline for discussions on abdication issue

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is suggesting there will be no deadline for discussions by an envisaged panel of experts on Emperor Akihito’s possible abdication. “Rather than setting a deadline, I first want to hear opinions from various people in a calm atmosphere,” Abe told ...

Abe to announce plans for panel to discuss Emperor's abdication

Sep 15, 2016

Abe to announce plans for panel to discuss Emperor's abdication

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce plans for a panel to discuss Emperor Akihito’s abdication when he delivers a policy speech for the extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Sept. 26, a government source said Thursday. The government has decided to seek expert ...

Sep 12, 2016

Compromising on Imperial succession reform

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An acceptable compromise would be a reversionary model that allows the oldest child of an emperor to take the throne, but gives the oldest male child in line to the throne the right to pass on rights of succession to his children.

Sep 9, 2016

Abe reluctant to consider concept of a female Emperor

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday sounded negative about the idea of starting a discussion about Japan having a female Emperor, as he hopes to prioritize the handling of Emperor Akihito’s desire to abdicate. “We’d like to give our thoughts to the Emperor’s anxieties ...

Aug 29, 2016

Postwar polity at crossroads

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A full-scale debate on the Constitution needs to begin with a discussion on the significance of Japan's wartime defeat and the postwar reforms, and involve historical and philosophical explorations on the nation's postwar path.

Aug 29, 2016

Emperor signals his wish to abdicate

In an unprecedented prerecorded video message to the nation, Emperor Akihito expressed concern about how his advanced age is affecting the performance of his public duties.