Japan's Emperor Akihito begins abdication ceremonies

Emperor Akihito donned a traditional robe as he visited the Shrine of Kashikodokoro on Tuesday morning to report his retirement to the gods. The shrine is a homage to the goddess Amaterasu, believed t...

Key questions and answers about Japan emperor's abdication

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's 85-year-old Emperor Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday when he abdicates to his son Crown Prince Naruhito. He's the first emperor to abdicate in 200 years. ...

Japan: Knife found on school desk of emperor's grandson

Police are investigating how two kitchen knives were placed on and near Prince Hisahito's desk at his junior high school on the Ochanomizu University campus in Tokyo. Each desk in the schoolroom ...

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Celebration of Japan's new era big opportunity for business

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is getting ready for its biggest celebration in years with the advent of the Reiwa era of soon-to-be emperor Naruhito. That means big opportunities for businesses hoping consumers w...

Japan unveils new banknotes ahead of Reiwa Imperial Era

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Shortly after Japan announced the title of its new imperial era as “Reiwa” (令和), the Bank of Japan has unveiled three new currency notes to mark the occasion with t...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Dancers in traditional Korean "Hanbok" attire perform at the Royal Culture Festival at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, Japan's ...

Japan gov't says era name translates as 'beautiful harmony'

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government says the translation of the new era name is "beautiful harmony," setting off confusion while offices rush to make changes before Crown Prince Naruhito takes the throne....

Q&A: What's in a name for Japan emperor's new era?

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government has unveiled an era name, "Reiwa," or "pursuing harmony," for soon-to-be Emperor Naruhito, who will succeed the Chrysanthemum throne on May 1. His father, Emperor Akihi...

Japan to welcome 'Reiwa' era after Emperor Akihito steps down

The Japanese government said on Monday that the era associated with Japan's next emperor Naruhito will be "Reiwa." The era — beginning on May 1 — will mark the end of the &q...

Asian markets rally, extending gains on Wall Street

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares surged Monday in Asia after the release over the weekend of encouraging manufacturing data in China that suggest government stimulus efforts may be yielding results. ...

Asian markets rally, extending gains on Wall Street

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares surged Monday in Asia following a bullish end to last week on Wall Street, where the benchmark S & P 500 logged its biggest quarterly gain in nearly a decade. ...

Japan unveils name of new imperial era - 'Reiwa'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced on Monday (April 1) that the new Imperial era will be named Reiwa (令和). The move signifies the end of the imperi...

The Latest: Name for new era of Naruhito to be 'Reiwa'

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito. (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Japan's government spokesman says the name of the era for...

Japan says next emperor Naruhito's era name is 'Reiwa,' effective May 1 when he takes the throne from his father.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan says next emperor Naruhito's era name is 'Reiwa,' effective May 1 when he takes the throne from his father.