Feb 23, 2017

Crown Prince turns 57, expresses readiness to ascend throne

Crown Prince Naruhito has used the occasion of his 57th birthday to express his readiness to ascend the throne as Emperor Akihito is expected to abdicate as soon as next year. Speaking about the 83-year-old Emperor’s abdication for the first time since his father ...

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 ...