Businesses await Japan's new era name as Emperor's abdication looms

Feb 9, 2017

Businesses await Japan's new era name as Emperor's abdication looms

Calendar and diary manufacturers are keeping close tabs on the government debate about the likely upcoming change in the Imperial era name, which is linked to the reigning emperor, as they prepare to market new products. Following Emperor Akihito’s video message last August expressing ...

Feb 6, 2017

LDP executives back special abdication law for Emperor Akihito

Senior officials in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party voiced support Monday for a proposal calling for the enactment of a special law to allow abdication only for Emperor Akihito. The LDP also found that 70 percent of its members who submitted written opinions expressed ...

Emperor Akihito cancels ritual ceremony due to mild fever

Jan 30, 2017

Emperor Akihito cancels ritual ceremony due to mild fever

Emperor Akihito canceled his attendance at a ritual ceremony scheduled for Monday morning at the Imperial Palace due to a mild fever, the Imperial Household Agency said. The 83-year-old Emperor had received a flu shot over the weekend. The inoculation may have contributed to ...