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Explainer: Symbolic night with goddess to wrap up Japan emperor's accession rites

10 Nov 2019

TOKYO On Thursday evening, Japan's Emperor Naruhito will dress in pure white robes and be ushered into a dark wooden hall for his last major enthronement rite: spending the night with a goddess.

Olympics: Tokyo governor gives reluctant consent to marathon venue move

01 Nov 2019

TOKYO Sapporo was formally approved on Friday as host of the marathon events at next year's Summer Olympics with the reluctant consent of Tokyo's governor, ending a showdown between the Japanese capital and the IOC over where to stage the flagship event. | Video

Crabs, melons, mangoes: gifts that bring Japanese politicians down

31 Oct 2019

TOKYO Crabs, melons, mangoes, even humble potatoes and corn, have proved politically treacherous in Japan this past week, with two cabinet ministers forced to resign in quick succession amid suspicions of violating election laws.

Crabs, melons, mangoes: gifts that bring Japanese politicians down

31 Oct 2019

TOKYO Crabs, melons, mangoes, even humble potatoes and corn, have proved politically treacherous in Japan this past week, with two cabinet ministers forced to resign in quick succession amid suspicions of violating election laws.

Olympics: IOC stands firm on decision to move 2020 marathon despite Tokyo's plea

25 Oct 2019

TOKYO The International Olympic Commission will not change its decision to move the 2020 marathon to Sapporo to avoid the heat, a top Tokyo Olympics planning official said on Friday, despite pleas from Tokyo's governor to keep the race in the capital.

Olympics - Tokyo governor demands IOC explain switch in marathon venue

25 Oct 2019

TOKYO, Oct 25 In the latest round of an unusually public spat between host city Tokyo and the International Olympic Committee over the 2020 Games marathon, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike on Friday demanded detailed reasons for moving the race to northern Japan.

In ancient throne ritual, Japanese emperor vows to fulfil duty

23 Oct 2019

TOKYO Japanese Emperor Naruhito formally proclaimed his ascendancy to the throne on Tuesday in a centuries-old ceremony attended by dignitaries from more than 180 countries, pledging to fulfil his duty as a symbol of the state. | Video

Japan's PM visits disaster zone; government to postpone emperor's parade

17 Oct 2019

TOKYO Japan's prime minister visited communities on Thursday that were hit by a powerful typhoon, while the government said it was postponing a parade for Emperor Naruhito's formal enthronement next week because of the disaster.

'More like us': Japan's new imperial couple puts relaxed face on monarchy

16 Oct 2019

TOKYO Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have brought a more relaxed touch to one of the world's oldest monarchies, chatting in English with foreign visitors, laughing with children and even playing with dogs.

Koizumi's 'sexy' words on climate change ring hollow for some in Japan

24 Sep 2019

TOKYO Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi's call to make climate change "cool" and "sexy" rang false to some Japanese activists on Tuesday, who said he needed to lay down some clear policy.

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