Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Asia & Pacific 05/02/19, 21:51

Emperor Naruhito succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne after his father Akihito abdicated in a series of rituals and ceremonies in Japan.In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, workers marked May Day with rallies in cities and by demanding better working conditions.Thailand is preparing for the coronation of King ...

Photos: Japan witnesses rare imperial abdication

World 05/01/19, 06:17

Japan has witnessed a rare handover of its Chrysanthemum Throne by a living emperor.New Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne on Wednesday after his father Akihito abdicated Tuesday night and became emperor emeritus. It was Japan's first abdication in two centuries.The transition started Tuesday as Akihito, wearing a monarch's dark orange ...

Emperor Naruhito takes throne day after his father abdicates

Asia & Pacific 04/30/19, 19:31

Japan's new Emperor Naruhito will perform his first ritual hours after succeeding his father on the Chrysanthemum Throne. Naruhito will receive the Imperial regalia of sword and jewel as proof of succession at the ceremony Wednesday and later will make his first address. His wife, Empress Masako, a Harvard-educated former diplomat, and ...

Akihito begins abdication rituals as Japan marks end of era

Asia & Pacific 04/29/19, 21:01

Emperor Akihito began his abdication rituals at a Shinto shrine Tuesday morning as Japan embraces the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era.Television images showed Akihito in a traditional robe entering the main Shrine of Kashikodokoro to report his retirement to the gods. The shine ...

Analysis: New Japanese emperor looks to match father

Asia & Pacific 04/29/19, 19:58

When Crown Prince Naruhito on Wednesday becomes, by official Japanese count, the 126th person to occupy the Chrysanthemum Throne since 660 B.C., he will be ceremonially armed with the glittering, ancient imperial regalia of sword and jewel.Beyond the material trappings that accompany what the Japanese claim to be the world's ...

Succession this week will shrink Japan’s imperial heirs to 2

World 04/28/19, 21:57

Japan's imperial family is relatively small and will shrink further in the coming years. Only one of Emperor Akihito's four grandchildren is a male who can ascend to the throne. The three princesses likely will lose their royal status eventually, since they are required to do so if they marry ...

Key questions and answers about Japan emperor’s abdication

Asia & Pacific 04/28/19, 20:06

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.Some key questions and answers about the abdication and ascension and other examples abroad:___FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, Japan's ...

Emperor Akihito saw diplomacy as path to make amends for war

Asia & Pacific 04/25/19, 23:44

Japan's Emperor Akihito has had a lifetime mission: Make amends for a war fought in his father's name.Akihito was just 11 when he heard his father Hirohito's voice on the radio declaring Japan's surrender in World War II. Though he wouldn't become emperor himself for another 44 years, Akihito embraced ...

Japan’s new emperor Naruhito: A cosmopolitan team player

Asia & Pacific 04/24/19, 22:03

Japan's future new emperor is a musician and historian who is expected to bring a global perspective to an ancient institution when he ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1.The 59-year-old Naruhito will be Japan's first emperor to have studied abroad and will enjoy greater liberty in shaping his own ...

Japan using emperor, first lady’s birthday to court Trump

Politics 04/19/19, 08:29

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduling a rushed visit to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump and celebrate first lady Melania Trump's birthday, and then is inviting him to be first foreign leader to meet Japan's new emperor, the two countries announced Friday. Without close friends in Asia, Abe ...

President Trump to visit Japan in late May, meet new emperor

Politics 04/18/19, 21:56

President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will make a state visit to Japan at the end of May to meet the newly enthroned emperor. Crown Prince Naruhito will succeed his abdicating father, current Emperor Akihito, on May 1. Trump will also hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the ...

Celebration of Japan’s new era big opportunity for business

Asia & Pacific 04/18/19, 20:13

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 will splash out on long holidays and memorabilia.Many Japanese will get their longest ever "Golden Week" holidays, 10 days to mark ...

Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods

Asia & Pacific 04/17/19, 23:18

Emperor Akihito is praying at a Japanese shrine in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods.The 85-year-old emperor will retire on April 30 in the first abdication in 200 years and a rarity in Japan's ancient imperial history.Crown Prince Naruhito will succeed to the Chrysanthemum throne ...

Japan’s emperor and empress celebrate 60 years of marriage

Asia & Pacific 04/10/19, 02:35

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Wednesday just three weeks before he abdicates his throne. The couple met at a 1957 tennis tournament remembered as a "love match." Akihito and Michiko Shoda married on April 10, 1959, making him Japan's first future emperor to wed a ...

Japan gov’t says era name translates as ‘beautiful harmony’

Asia & Pacific 04/02/19, 05:26

Japan's government said Tuesday that the official translation of the era name for the new emperor will be "Beautiful Harmony," setting off confusion while offices rush to make changes before Crown Prince Naruhito takes the throne.The era of "Reiwa" begins May 1, a day after 85-year-old Emperor Akihito abdicates and ...

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

Asia & Pacific 04/01/19, 03:48

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 Akihito, is abdicating, with his "Heisei" era coming to an end the day before. A selection of the name was a top secret ...

Update: Name for new era of Naruhito to be ‘Reiwa’

Asia & Pacific 03/31/19, 21:59

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 the soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be "Reiwa."Cameramen stand by for a planned press conference by Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga at prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Monday, ...

Nostalgia, excitement as Japan awaits new imperial era name

Asia & Pacific 03/31/19, 19:51

What's in a name? Quite a lot if you're a Japanese citizen awaiting the official announcement Monday of what the soon-to-be-installed new emperor's next era will be called. It's a proclamation that has happened only twice in nearly a century, and the new name will follow Emperor Naruhito, after his May 1 ...

Japan to name new era for soon-to-be emperor Naruhito

Asia & Pacific 03/31/19, 19:46

Japan's government is holding top-secret meetings to decide a new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito, the crown prince who will succeed the Chrysanthemum throne from his father May 1.Emperor Akihito is abdicating on April 30, with his era of "Heisei" coming to an end.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government later Monday ...

Japan’s Akihito seen as devoted to duties, open to new ideas

Asia & Pacific 02/21/19, 22:59

Japan's Emperor Akihito has devoted his 30-year reign to making amends for a war fought in his father's name, while adapting the 1,500-year-old monarchy to draw the Imperial Family closer to the public.Whether kneeling beside Empress Michiko to speak intimately with disaster victims, or reciting his own poetry, Akihito has ...

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