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With Trump’s Visit to Japan, Empress Masako Finds a Spotlight

TOKYO — On Sunday night, men in loincloths and samurai topknots stole the limelight from the…

Trump and Abe’s ‘Unshakable Bond’ Shows Some Cracks in Tokyo

TOKYO — Standing at side-by-side lecterns inside the gilded Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo, President…

One Image of Japan’s Royals Tells a Story of Demographic Crisis

TOKYO — It looked a little lonely up there. During the short, solemn ceremony on Wednesday…

Emperor Akihito Abdicates, and a New Era Arrives in Japan

Three decades after he ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne, Emperor Akihito on Tuesday became Japan’s first monarch…

Emperor Akihito, Who Gave Japan’s Monarchy a Human Face, Abdicates Throne

TOKYO — Three decades after he ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne, Emperor Akihito on Tuesday became Japan’s…

Abdication of Japan’s Emperor, Who Put a Human Face on the Monarchy

TOKYO — Three decades after he ascended the throne and three years after he asked to…

Survival of the throne: episode three: The Reluctant Bride

日本語で読む On Tuesday, Emperor Akihito of Japan will step down in the first abdication of the…

Survival of the throne: Episode four: A Princess in a Cage

日本語で読む On Tuesday, Emperor Akihito of Japan will step down in the first abdication of the…

Japan Will Enthrone a New Emperor. His Wife Won’t Be Allowed to Watch.

TOKYO — As part of the historic handover of Japan’s imperial throne on Wednesday, the incoming…

Knives Were Left on Japanese Prince’s School Desk, Police Say

TOKYO — Two knives were left on the school desk of a 12-year-old Japanese prince, according…

Japan’s New Era Gets a Name, but No One Can Agree What It Means

TOKYO — It’s the end of an era, and the new one already has a name.…