Japan

Name of the Japanese Emperor's new era delayed until next year

The Japanese Government are considering announcing the name of the new era in Japan next February or later, due to concerns about the process of succession following Emperor Akihito’s abdication. The announcement of the gengo era name, which will be used when the Crown Prince Naruhito succeeds to the Chrysanthemum Throne on the 1 May this year, will likely come after the ceremony marking…
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How much are the non-European monarchies worth?

With many of the non-European royal families coming from oil-rich countries, it is no surprise that they boast great wealth. Morocco Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, is the country’s leading businessman and banker. In 2015, Forbes estimated that he was worth $5.7 billion. The Moroccan Royal Family in its entirety has one of the largest fortunes in the world. The King of Morocco. Photo…
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Retiring Emperor to be given new residence

Those following Japanese politics would be familiar with the impending abdication of the current ruling Emperor, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito. At first only being suggested through an indirect comment in a TV address earlier last year, the gears of Japanese…
Japan

Emperor Akihito one step closer to abdication

It has been nearly a year since Emperor Akihito appeared on Japanese national television — a rare and auspicious event at the best of times — to announce his wish to abdicate the throne and leave imperial duties to his younger and more able-bodied son, Crown…
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Emperor to enjoy brief rest following fever

Although the Emperor of Japan is afforded no political powers by the Japanese Constitution, he still must attend to numerous other ceremonial duties, such as his opening of the Japanese National Diet earlier this year. Many of these are purely ceremonial, maintained out of a sense of cultural tradition that links modern Japan with its past. Unfortunately, however, it would seem that His Imperial…
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Emperor Akihito opens Japanese National Diet

His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito of Japan, opened the Japanese National Diet this Friday. Reading a prepared speech within the upper assembly, it marks Japan’s 189th Ordinary Session since the first Imperial Diet was opened by Emperor Meiji on 29 November 1890. In…
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Concerns Raised Over Japanese Emperor's Abdication

At the ripe old age of 82, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan has long since passed the age that many other Japanese would usually enter retirement by at least a couple of decades. After succeeding his father, Emperor Showa, upon the latter’s death on 7 January 1989, Emperor Akihito’s reign has largely been marked by Japan’s continued economic boom, subsequent bust…
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