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April 26, 2019

Japan
The Japanese Emperor’s Role in Foreign Policy

With Emperor Akihito’s historic abdication approaching, here’s a look at his accomplishments and what to expect from the next emperor, Crown Prince Naruhito.

Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, and Crown Princess Masako attend a party in Tokyo.

April 29, 2011

Japan
A Time for Daffodils—But No Taxes, Please

Japan's Empress Michiko (top R) talks with evacuees as she visit an evacuation shelter in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, April 27, 2011. Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met and chatted w…

Japan’s Empress Michiko (top R) talks with evacuees as she visit an evacuation shelter in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, April 27, 2011. Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met and chatted with survivors of last month’s massive earthquake and tsunami on Wednesday, offering comfort and solace in a role that has helped keep the country’s ancient monarchy relevant in modern times.