Abdication bill sails through Lower House

/ Jun 2, 2017

Abdication bill sails through Lower House

An abdication bill drafted strictly for Emperor Akihito cleared the House of Representatives on Friday, setting the stage for its passage by the Diet on June 9. Thanks to a consensus reached by the political parties ahead of time, the Lower House approved the ...

/ May 19, 2017

Japan may announce new Imperial era name in summer 2018

The Japanese government is considering announcing in advance the date for Emperor Akihito’s abdication and the new era name in summer 2018, officials said Thursday. Emperor Akihito’s abdication and Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne are highly likely to take place in ...

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.