Japan’s Emperor Naruhito (second left), Empress Masako (second right), Crown Prince Fumihito (left) and Crown Princess Kiko (right) wave to well-wishers gathered at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 4. It was the emperor's first public appearance since his enthronement on May 1. Photo: Kyodo
Kevin Rafferty
Opinion

Opinion

Kevin Rafferty

Japan, under a new emperor, still can’t put to rest its wartime ghosts

  • Japan has a new emperor, Naruhito, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is still in charge. Abe is not only determined to amend Japan’s pacifist constitution but has also put his faith in US President Donald Trump

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Japan’s Emperor Naruhito (second left), Empress Masako (second right), Crown Prince Fumihito (left) and Crown Princess Kiko (right) wave to well-wishers gathered at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 4. It was the emperor's first public appearance since his enthronement on May 1. Photo: Kyodo
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