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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Japan's outgoing Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Photo: AFP

Updating software, shaping history: New imperial era name looms large in Japan

  • When Crown Prince Naruhito takes the Chrysanthemum throne on May 1, a new era or ‘gengo’ will begin in Japan
  • City offices and government agencies, which use the imperial era name in their computer systems and paperwork, are worried about glitches
Topic |   Japan

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Japan's outgoing Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Photo: AFP
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