Jul 29, 2016

Emperor will speak to the public on live TV in August

Emperor Akihito, who is said to have indicated his wish to abdicate, will have a chance to speak about his thoughts to the Japanese people sometime next month, NHK reported Friday. Sources said the Imperial Household Agency is planning to broadcast a live message ...

Japanese voice surprise, support for Emperor's plan to abdicate

Jul 14, 2016

Japanese voice surprise, support for Emperor's plan to abdicate

Many Japanese expressed surprise at the news Wednesday that Emperor Akihito plans to abdicate, but they said his wish should be respected. The Imperial Couple left their Imperial villa in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Thursday after arriving on Monday. “The Emperor opened a car ...