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Japanese thank departing emperor whose era marked shift from 1980s boom

30 Apr 2019

TOKYO Japanese expressed warmth and gratitude towards Emperor Akihito ahead of his abdication on Tuesday, but judged his three-decade Heisei era as a period of difficulty and transition for Japan after the economic boom and confidence of the 1980s.

Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy

23 Apr 2019

TOKYO Japan's unprecedented 10-day holiday to celebrate Crown Prince Naruhito's enthronement is expected to give the sluggish economy at least a short-term boost.

What's in a name? Japan puzzles over "Reiwa", the term for new imperial era

02 Apr 2019

TOKYO Japanese printers rushed to turn out calendars emblazoned with the new imperial era name on Tuesday as the public tried to make sense of the meaning of "Reiwa" a day after its unveiling gripped the nation.

What's in a name? Japan debates meaning of new "Reiwa" imperial era

02 Apr 2019

TOKYO, April 2 Japanese printers rushed to make calendars emblazoned with the new imperial era name on Tuesday as the public tried to make sense of the meaning of "Reiwa" a day after its unveiling gripped the nation.

New Japanese imperial era 'Reiwa' takes name from ancient poetry

01 Apr 2019

TOKYO Japan declared on Monday the name of its new imperial era when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor on May 1, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying it emphasized traditional values at a turning point in the nation's history. | Video

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

27 Mar 2019

TOKYO In Japan, every emperor's era has its own name - appearing in places such as coins, official paperwork and newspapers - and with abdication coming at the end of April, speculation is swirling about what the new "gengo" will be.

Japanese space probe touches down on asteroid to collect samples

22 Feb 2019

TOKYO A Japanese space probe named after a falcon, Hayabusa 2, has touched down on an asteroid more than 300 million km (186 million miles) from Earth on a mission to seek clues about the origins of life, Japan's space agency said on Friday. | Video

Explainer - Arrested again: What are the new allegations against Nissan's Ghosn?

21 Dec 2018

TOKYO Japanese prosecutors arrested Nissan's ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn for a third time on Friday, accusing him of aggravated breach of trust in transferring personal investment losses to the automaker.

Tokyo court's ruling clears way for possible release of ex-Nissan boss Ghosn

21 Dec 2018

TOKYO A Tokyo court unexpectedly ruled not to extend the detention of Nissan's ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn on Thursday, meaning he may soon be released from jail where he has been since last month facing allegations of financial misconduct. | Video

Explainer: Arrested again: What are the new allegations against Nissan's Ghosn?

21 Dec 2018

TOKYO Japanese prosecutors arrested Nissan's ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn for a third time on Friday, accusing him of aggravated breach of trust in transferring personal investment losses to the automaker.

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