Jan 22, 2017

Unaddressed succession issues

One-off legislation may be the easiest way to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate, but it would leave the issue unresolved for future emperors.

Abdications weren't so rare during Edo Period

Jan 9, 2017

Abdications weren't so rare during Edo Period

It was not uncommon for emperors and empresses on the Chrysanthemum Throne to abdicate during the Edo Period (1603-1868) during the Tokugawa shogunate, a scholar says. Since Emperor Akihito released a video message last August hinting at a desire to relinquish his title, a ...