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 ...

Emperor, empress welcome Spain's royal couple at Imperial Palace

Apr 5, 2017

Emperor, empress welcome Spain's royal couple at Imperial Palace

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Wednesday welcomed Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, who are visiting Japan as state guests, at the Imperial Palace, with Crown Prince Naruhito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also attending a related event there. The Spanish royal ...

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 ...

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 ...

Surviving Vietnamese twin meets Emperor, Empress

Mar 3, 2017

Surviving Vietnamese twin meets Emperor, Empress

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met with a Vietnamese man who was surgically separated from his twin brother with Japanese help. The meeting took place Thursday at a reception held for the couple at a Hanoi hotel where they are staying as part of ...