Aug 8, 2016

Chronology of events in Emperor Akihito's life

Dec. 23, 1933 — Born as the eldest son of Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako, posthumously called Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun. September 1939 — World War II begins. Aug. 15, 1945 — Emperor Hirohito tells the nation over the radio that Japan has ...

Aug 5, 2016

Abe may release comments after Emperor's video message

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering releasing some comments after Emperor Akihito’s widely expected video message Monday, as speculation grows about his potential abdication, sources close to the plan said. The comments, most likely to take the form of a statement, will reflect Abe’s ...

Jul 29, 2016

Emperor will speak to the public on live TV in August

Emperor Akihito, who is said to have indicated his wish to abdicate, will have a chance to speak about his thoughts to the Japanese people sometime next month, NHK reported Friday. Sources said the Imperial Household Agency is planning to broadcast a live message ...