Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Photo: Kyodo

Japan bids farewell to emperor with a common touch as divisions over monarchy deepen

  • As the abdication of Emperor Akihito draws closer, Japanese look back on the legacy of a man widely respected for his humility and frugal tastes
Topic |   Japan

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Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Photo: Kyodo
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.