Mar 22, 2017

Panel hears experts on emperor's post-abdication status

A government advisory panel on Wednesday resumed discussions on remaining issues of Emperor Akihito’s abdication, including his status after becoming the first living Emperor to relinquish the throne in around 200 years. Four university professors were summoned to the panel’s 10th meeting, of which ...

/ Mar 17, 2017

Diet lawmakers send proposal on Emperor's abdication to Abe

The ruling and opposition parties on Friday adopted the Diet’s proposal over Emperor Akihito’s possible abdication, calling for the government to enact a special law applying only to him. The lawmakers’ consensus on the issue will pave the way for the 83-year-old Emperor to ...

DP's concession means Diet will pass one-off abdication law

Mar 13, 2017

DP's concession means Diet will pass one-off abdication law

The Diet is expected to enact a special law during the current session to allow Emperor Akihito to step down, after the main opposition Democratic Party expressed its readiness to accept a one-off law. DP Secretary-General Yoshihiko Noda signaled the party’s change of heart ...

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 ...