Japan’s Emperor Akihito (right) and Crown Prince Naruhito wave to the crowd at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, after the emperor delivered his final New Year’s address. Photo: AFP
Jeff Kingston
Opinion

Opinion

Jeff Kingston

When Japan’s Emperor Akihito steps down, will his pacifist legacy persist despite resurgent nationalism?

  • The Japanese emperor, who will abdicate in favour of his son Naruhito, was the nation’s chief emissary of post-war reconciliation in Asia. His pacifist leanings have been at odds with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s revisionist view of history

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Japan’s Emperor Akihito (right) and Crown Prince Naruhito wave to the crowd at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, after the emperor delivered his final New Year’s address. Photo: AFP
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