Around 87% of Japanese would support Emperor's abdication

Aug 9, 2016

Around 87% of Japanese would support Emperor's abdication

An overwhelming majority of Japanese support the right to abdication, according to a Kyodo News survey conducted after Emperor Akihito issued a rare video message indicating his desire to relinquish the throne if he becomes unable to fulfill his duties. The survey came as ...

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 ...