Crown Prince not shy about criticizing Imperial system

Aug 9, 2016

Crown Prince not shy about criticizing Imperial system

Crown Prince Naruhito may be heir to one of the world’s oldest monarchies, but he is not shy about knocking the institution he represents or Japan’s warring past. The 56-year-old has leveled subtle yet unprecedented criticism at the monarchy, blaming the rigid lifestyle imposed ...

May 19, 2016

Emperor, Empress visit quake-hit Kumamoto

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Thursday visited Kumamoto Prefecture for the first time since the region was hit by powerful earthquakes last month. After arriving at Kumamoto Airport in the town of Mashiki early in the afternoon, the Imperial Couple headed for the ...

Imperial couple take stand for remembrance

| Feb 6, 2016

Imperial couple take stand for remembrance

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In recent years, the Imperial couple have made an effort to leave behind a meaningful legacy by visiting World War II battlefields. The idea is to ensure that future generations of Japanese do not forget the war and its bitter lessons. However, until they ...