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  • Emperor Naruhito: The son rises

    Emperor Naruhito: The son rises

    An era has ended in Japan in parallel with the start of a new chapter as the 1st of May unfolded... when the rest of the world was purportedly celebrating liberation.

    May 4, 2019
  • Abdication in Japan~II

    Abdication in Japan~II

    Names of eras are important as they are needed to determine the particular year in the traditional Japanese calendar. The series of rituals associated with the succession issue demonstrates how traditions are respected despite modernization. The government is expected to approve an ordinance on the adoption of a new name for the era, which the present emperor will sign and then promulgate the ordinance.

    January 25, 2019
  • Abdication in Japan~I

    Abdication in Japan~I

    The abdication of Emperor Akihito will be the first in nearly 200 years, ever since that of the 119th Emperor Koukaku in 1817 during the Edo period (1603-1867). It will also be the first abdication that will not follow the death of an Emperor. The Imperial House Law, enacted in the Meiji era (1868-1912), made the Emperor's tenure life-long. In a video message broadcast on 8 August 2016, Emperor Akihito had expressed his wish to step down.

    January 24, 2019
  • Japan Emperor turns 84, thanks people over abdication plans

    Japan Emperor turns 84, thanks people over abdication plans

    Japan’s Emperor Akihito marked his 84th birthday today with a pledge to fulfil his duties until the day of his abdication in 2019, and to prepare for “passing the torch to the next era.” Akihito waved to thousands of well-wishers from a balcony of the royal palace. He was to attend birthday celebrations at the …

    December 23, 2017
  • Japanese Cabinet approves Emperor Akihito’s abdication date

    Japanese Cabinet approves Emperor Akihito’s abdication date

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Friday formally approved April 30, 2019, as the abdication date for Emperor Akihito. The Cabinet’s approval comes a week after a meeting of the Imperial House Council involving Abe, politicians, the judiciary and members of the Imperial family, agreed upon the date for the 83-year-old to step down …

    December 8, 2017
  • Exit the Emperor

    Exit the Emperor

    Imperial succession has remained an imperfect issue in the historical narrative of nations that have such systems. The debate on which is the perfect system and how to codify them continues. There has never been any definite answer. The terminology to designate the system as imperial, monarchical, kings and queens and so on may differ, …

    July 21, 2017
  • Bill passed for Japanese Emperor to abdicate

    Bill passed for Japanese Emperor to abdicate

    The Japanese parliament on Friday passed a bill to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate, the first emperor to do so in 200 years. The bill became a law after members of the approval of the Upper House earlier on Friday. It had already passed the Lower House last week, reports public broadcaster NHK. The law will allow the …

    June 9, 2017
  • Japan’s Lower House approves abdication law for Emperor

    Japan’s Lower House approves abdication law for Emperor

    The Lower House of Japan's Parliament on Friday approved a bill drafted to allow the abdication of Emperor Akihito and reopen the debate on whether female members should remain in the imperial family after marriage. The legislative body approved the draft after two days of deliberation with only one vote against and three abstentions, paving …

    June 2, 2017