May 5, 2017

The future of Imperial succession

By offering legislation that would only apply to the current emperor's abdication and not facing other problems with the Imperial family, the Abe administration is merely kicking the can down the road.

Government panel outlines proposals on Emperor's abdication, titles

Apr 14, 2017

Government panel outlines proposals on Emperor's abdication, titles

A government advisory panel outlined Thursday its final proposals on Emperor Akihito’s abdication, including what status and treatment he should be given after becoming the first living emperor to relinquish the Chrysanthemum Throne in around 200 years. The panel is expected to finalize a ...

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 ...