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.

Around 87% of Japanese would support Emperor's abdication

Aug 9, 2016

Around 87% of Japanese would support Emperor's abdication

An overwhelming majority of Japanese support the right to abdication, according to a Kyodo News survey conducted after Emperor Akihito issued a rare video message indicating his desire to relinquish the throne if he becomes unable to fulfill his duties. The survey came as ...