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Carp streamers at Tokyo Tower commemorating Children's Day
Asahi Shinbun newspaper declaring the new era name
Comfort woman statue

South Korea Ignores Own Crimes, Demands (More) Apologies for Comfort Women

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 14, 2019 • Tagged with emperor, politics, comfort women, international relations

Why, despite numerous apologies and reparations, does South Korea ignore its own war crimes and keep bashing Japan over World War II?

The Emperor's Residence at night

Dawn of a New Era: Why Japan's Calendars Will Change With the New Emperor

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  January 11, 2019 • Tagged with news, emperor, imperial era, heisei, government, politics, imperial family

When Crown Prince Naruhito becomes Emperor this year, a new era will literally dawn in Japan. Alyssa Pearl Fusek explores the history of era names in Japan.

Prince Akishinonomiya and his wife, Kiko, at a press conference.

The 2 Billion Yen Ascension: Japan's Budget-Busting Royal Ritual

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  December 10, 2018 • Tagged with religion, shinto, politics, culture, emperor, royal family, daijousai

When the new Emperor takes his throne in 2019, Japan’s taxpayers will spend billions on a Shinto religious rite. Some - including a Prince - say that’s unconstitutional.