Japan's emperor waves to crowds in 1st New Year's greeting

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito waved to cheering, flag-waving crowds from a palace balcony Thursday in his first New Year's greeting since ascending to the throne. Naruhito an...

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into...

Japan emperor's harvest rite is his 1st communion with gods

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito will perform a secretive and controversial ritual Thursday, a once-in-a-reign event to give thanks for good harvests, pray for the peace and safety of the nation...

Japan emperor to greet public in parade marking enthronement

TOKYO (AP) — Well-wishers are gathering along a central Tokyo street hours before Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are expected to greet them from a royal motorcade under tight security. ...

Japan emperor greets at celebration hosted by conservatives

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito has thanked tens of thousands of well-wishers who gathered outside the palace to congratulate his enthronement at a ceremony organized by conservative political ...

Japan's Emperor Naruhito hosts tea party for foreign royals

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito is hosting a tea party at his residence for royals from other countries, thanking them for celebrating his enthronement at a palace ceremony the day before. ...

Prince Charles pops in to see Welsh rugby team at World Cup

TOKYO (AP) — Over in Japan to attend an enthronement ceremony for the country's new emperor, Britain's Prince Charles has popped in to see the Welsh rugby team ahead of its World Cup semifinal match a...

US stocks edge higher on company earnings; Biogen surges

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher in early trading Tuesday following several positive earnings reports from U.S. companies, holding the S&P 500 above 3,000 and within range of its all-time high ...

Emperor Naruhito proclaims enthronement in ancient-style ceremony

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Naruhito has officially proclaimed himself as Japan's new emperor in front of attendees from more than 180 countries at a ritual-bound, ancient-style ceremony held on ...

Asian stocks climb, lifted by upbeat talk on China-US trade

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Tuesday after upbeat comments from President Donald Trump and other U.S. officials on the status of trade negotiations with China. ...

Japan's Emperor Naruhito proclaims ascension to Chrysanthemum Throne at a palace enthronement ceremony

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito proclaims ascension to Chrysanthemum Throne at a palace enthronement ceremony .

The Latest: Japan pardons 550,000 to mark royal event

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Japan's government has pardoned about 550,000 people conv...

Japan's Naruhito to proclaim himself emperor at palace rite

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito is visiting three Shinto shrines at the Imperial Palace before proclaiming himself Japan's emperor in an enthronement ceremony. The 59-year-old ...

Taiwan to send gifts to new emperor of Japan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The coronation ceremony for the new emperor of Japan, Naruhito (德仁), will be held in Tokyo on Tuesday (Oct. 22), with many global political leaders and members of royalty ...

The Latest: Pope to meet with emperor, Abe while in Japan

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Thailand and Japan in November (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Pope Francis will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Ab...