Emperor, Empress plan to be cremated

Nov 14, 2013

Emperor, Empress plan to be cremated

The Emperor and Empress will be cremated after they die, a historic change from some 350 years in which ritual burials were the norm for monarchs from the early Edo Period, Imperial Household Agency chief Noriyuki Kazaoka says.

Emperor felt public affinity in '92 China trip

Oct 29, 2013

Emperor felt public affinity in '92 China trip

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko asked for “heart-to-heart” contacts with Chinese citizens during their 1992 visit to China that significantly boosted the two countries’ relations at the time. Yoshihiro Hasumi, Japan’s consul general in Shanghai at the time, said that to realize such contacts, ...

Empress turns 79, voices 'joy'

Oct 20, 2013

Empress turns 79, voices 'joy'

Empress Michiko, who turned 79 on Sunday, expressed joy over Crown Princess Masako’s first official overseas trip in 11 years. “I was truly happy that the Crown Princess was able to visit the Netherlands and return home safely,” the Empress said, referring to the ...

What's the real story behind 'Emperor'?

| Sep 7, 2013

What's the real story behind 'Emperor'?

by Mark Schreiber

“Emperor,” a film directed by Peter Webber that takes up the subject of Emperor Showa and the postwar occupation period, has been showing at local theaters since July. The film’s protagonist is Gen. Bonner Frank Fellers, who served as a subordinate to Supreme Commander ...

Fox tackles history in 'Emperor'

Jul 25, 2013

Fox tackles history in 'Emperor'

by Giovanni Fazio

Actor Matthew Fox saw his career take off in the 1990s with the role of Charlie Salinger in the American TV series “Party of Five,” and he gained even more popularity as Jack Shephard, the central character in the innovative series “Lost.” Now, though, ...

From Hollywood to Hirohito

| Jul 6, 2013

From Hollywood to Hirohito

by Edan Corkill

From “Empire of the Sun” to “The Last Samurai,” and from “Memoirs of a Geisha” to “Babel” — when Hollywood film directors have turned their cameras to the Land of the Rising Sun, there is one person they have insisted on having by their ...

Apr 28, 2013

Ceremony an affront to Okinawans

The Abe government is inconsiderate for having the Emperor and Empress attend a ceremony that commemorates the restoration of Japan's sovereignty in 1952.