“Today, I am concluding my duties as the emperor,” Akihito said as he stood in front of the throne, as other members of the royal family and top government officials watched.
The long-term survival of the world’s oldest monarchy will depend on a schoolboy when Japan’s current emperor abdicates next week, reviving calls for an end to laws that bar women from the throne.
The hope is that what is collected from the asteroid will provide possible clues to the origin of the solar system.
It’s a proclamation that has happened only twice in nearly a century. Reiwa will follow Japanese Emperor Naruhito, after his May 1 investiture, for the duration of his rule — and beyond, becoming his official name after death.
Researchers at the Kyoto University of Science have discovered a way in which the ancient myth of Medusa lives on: Through a giant virus that lives in hot springs and turns its microscopic hosts into “stone.”
Akira Iritani almost gave up on his dream of resurrecting the woolly mammoth. But a 28,000-year-old mammoth preserved in the Siberian permafrost changed his mind.
The people of Okinawa voted Sunday on a plan for a U.S. military base relocation in a referendum that will send a message on how they feel about housing American troops in Japan, who many see as a burden on the group of tiny southwestern islands.
At just barely 13 months old, a baby in Japan has won over hearts around the nation and the world thanks to Instagram and her full head of luxurious locks.
The world’s oldest man has died at his home — a hot springs inn — in northern Japan at the age of 113.
A Japanese billionaire has entered the record books as the author of the most retweeted post ever — after getting a boost by offering cash to random Twitter users who retweeted him.
More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a Japanese restaurant in northern Japan, police said.
A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after colliding early Thursday, and rescuers found two of the seven crew members, one of them in stable condition, officials said.
More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. See photos.
An international team of Santa Clauses are training with ninjas in Japan to hone their gift-delivery skills in time for the holiday season.
Asian stocks rose Friday after Wall Street hit a new high and a survey showed Japanese manufacturing accelerating.
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