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  • Celebrations in Karachi to mark Japanese emperor’s birthday

    KARACHI: The singing of the national anthems of Japan and Pakistan and the Consul General of Japan in Karachi Mr Toshikazu Isomura’s speech in fluent Urdu, along with the cutting of the cake, were some of the highlights of Japanese Emperor Akihito’s 84th birthday celebrations at a local hotel here on Monday...

    His Majesty Emperor Akihito, the 125th emperor of Japan, turns 84 on Dec 23...

  • Brother of China’s last emperor dies at 96

    BEIJING: The brother of China’s last emperor — who was pushed off the throne in 1912, ending the Qing dynasty — has died in Beijing at the age of 96, state media reported...

    Puren was the youngest sibling of the final Qing monarch Puyi, a child-ruler portrayed in the Bernardo Bertolucci film “The Last Emperor”...

  • Japan parliament passes emperor abdication law

    TOKYO: Japan’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on Friday that allows ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, as it also called for a rare debate on the role of women in the male-dominated monarchy...

    Some scholars and politicians feared that changing the law to allow any emperor to abdicate could put Japan’s future monarchs at risk of being subject to political manipulation...

  • Emperor forever

    REMEMBER the story about the emperor who ended up parading around without any clothes on thinking that he was dressed in the finest wares the world had to offer? On the surface it is a tale of great hubris, of how those with power are forever convinced that they have an eternal right to rule...

    There is, however, another aspect to the emperor fable that I believe is of greater import...

  • Japan clears way for first emperor abdication in over 200 years

    TOKYO: Japan’s parliament passed a law on Friday that clears the way for its ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, in what would be the first imperial abdication in more than two centuries...

    The unexpected move presented a challenge since there was no law to deal with an emperor retiring from what is usually a job for life — and it reignited debate about allowing women to ascend the male-only throne...

  • Japanese emperor ‘plans to abdicate in a few years’

    TOKYO: Japanese Emperor Akihito, who has spent much of his time on the throne trying to heal the wounds of World War Two, intends to abdicate in a few years, public broadcaster NHK and other domestic media said on Wednesday, a step that would be unprecedented in modern Japan...

    Born in 1933, Akihito was heir to Emperor Hirohito, in whose name Japan fought World War Two...

  • LHC told: Mauj Darya shrine land allotted by Emperor Akbar

    LAHORE: The Lahore High Court was told on Wednesday that the Punjab government could not acquire even an inch of Hazrat Baba Mauj Darya shrine’s land as Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar had allotted the whole property in the name of the saint’s family for all times to come...

    Advancing his final arguments against the Orange Line Metro Train project, civil society’s counsel Advocate Azhar Siddique told a division bench that...

  • Japan’s aging emperor hints at abdication

    TOKYO: Emperor Akihito said on Monday his advancing age and weakening health mean he may no longer be able to carry out his duties, setting the stage for Japan to prepare for an historic abdication...

    “As we are in the midst of a rapidly aging society, I would like to talk to you today about what would be a desirable role of the emperor in a time when the emperor, too, becomes advanced in age,” he said...

  • Philippines suffered heavily during WWII, admits Japan’s emperor

    MANILA: Japan’s emperor said on Tuesday that his nation must remember the tremendous loss of life in the Philippines in World War II, as he and his wife began their first visit to the Southeast Asian country, which suffered under Japanese wartime occupation...

    “Many Filipinos, Americans and Japanese lost their lives in the Philippines during the war,” Emperor Akihito said in a statement he read before departing from Tokyo...

  • World’s oldest tea found in Chinese emperor’s tomb

    PARIS: The tomb of a Chinese emperor who lived more than 2,100 years ago has yielded the oldest remains of tea, said researchers who used it to re-date part of the ancient Asian Silk Road...

    The plant remains were retrieved from burial pits around the tomb of Liu Qi, the fourth emperor of the Han dynasty who lived between 188 and 141 BC, and his wife, a team of researchers from China and Britain wrote in the journal Scientific...

  • Russia exhumes remains of last emperor for new probe

    MOSCOW: Russian investigators on Wednesday exhumed the remains of the country’s last emperor Nicholas II and empress Alexandra as part of a new probe into the 1918 slaying of the Romanov family...

    An investigator involved in the probe, Vladimir Solovyov, told the Echo of Moscow radio station that the exhumation happened on Wednesday and included “taking samples from Nicholas II, from the empress, and from the uniform of emperor...

  • Japan releases master recording of emperor’s end of war speech

    TOKYO: The master recording of Emperor Hirohito’s speech announcing Japan’s World War II surrender has been brought back to life in digital form ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war...

    The surrender speech by the emperor, known as the “jewel voice broadcast”, had been available only as a low quality copy made by the US occupying forces in 1946...

  • Japan plans to have new emperor in 2019

    TOKYO: Japan is planning for Emperor Akihito to retire and be replaced by his eldest son on Jan 1, 2019, reports said on Wednesday, as the country works on a legal framework for its first abdication in 200 years...

    Abdication is a highly sensitive issue in light of Japan’s modern history of war waged in the name of Akihito’s father Emperor Hirohito, who died in 1989...

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