Japan's Emperor Naruhito urges peace and happiness in public debut

New Japanese Emperor Naruhito made his first public appearance on Saturday, expressing hopes that the country would pursue a policy of promoting world peace. As he is the first emperor born after Wor...

Japan's Emperor Naruhito urges peace and happiness in public debut

New Japanese Emperor Naruhito made his first public appearance on Saturday, expressing hopes that the country would pursue a policy of promoting world peace. As the first emperor born after World War...

New Emperor of Japan pledges to promote peace, and 'act in accordance with Constitution'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On May 1 in the Pine room of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo, the new Emperor of Japan, Naruhito (德仁), accepted the imperial regalia and gave his first address as Emperor to ...

Japanese emperor Naruhito inherits regalia marking start of Reiwa imperial era

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito inherited the Imperial regalia of sword and jewel and seals as proof of his succession in his first official duty as emperor Wednesday a day after...

Opinion: Japanese Emperor Akihito's commendable silence

After 30 years, the reign of Emperor Akihito came to an end in a brief, dignified ceremony. It may sound overly dramatic, but the emperor's abdication represents a turning point — and not on...

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...