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Republican activists launch petition opposed to regnal year and emperor era system

Activists opposed to the emperor system in Japan have launched a petition calling for the abolition of regnal years (in Japanese, gengō or nengō). Japan uses two systems to indicate the year: the Gregorian calendar and an era name system … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito’s abdication date confirmed amid growing anti-emperor protests and republican discourse in Japan

Finally ending months of speculation and anticipation, it was confirmed on 1 December that Emperor Akihito would formally abdicate on 30 April 2019. His son, Naruhito, will then ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne, the Heisei era will end and a … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito’s abdication reanimates anti-emperor protest movement in Japan

Emperor Akihito’s unprecedented video address in August 2016, when he hinted at his wish to abdicate due to the strain of his official role at his advanced age, prompted an avalanche of discussion about Japan’s monarchy: the rumoured troubles between … Continue reading

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Anti-emperor protest in Kichijōji, west Tokyo, draws ultra-nationalist anger

Kichijōji is a placid, well-to-do area in one of the wealthier suburbs of west Tokyo. It remains best known for its expansive park and Studio Ghibli museum. But one Sunday afternoon, as couples and families gathered to enjoy the autumn … Continue reading

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